Sunday, May 2, 2010

United Opposition of Democrats by David Barton

But I can only say that we love freedom more vastly more than slavery; consequently we hope to keep clear of the Democrats!. I will say that in the State of South Carolina, there is no disturbance of an alarming character in any one of the counties in which the Republicans have a majority. The troubles are usually in those sections in which the Democrats have control I say to the entire membership of the Democratic Party, that upon your hands rests the blood of the loyal men of the South. Disclaim it as you will; the stain is there to prove your criminality before God and the world in the day of retribution which will surely come. I pity the man or party of men who would seek to opponent. I can say for my people that. We are fully African Americans continued to vote republican in overwhelming numbers democrats often triumphed through the shedding of innocent blood government. We have resolved to be loyal and firm, “and as Queen Esther said long ago, if we perish, we perish!” I earnestly hope the bill will pass.

That bill did pass, but only over the united opposition of Democrats; not one Democrat either from the North or the South supported the civil rights bill to punish Klan violence. Four years later, black Americans again played a significant role in the debates on a civil rights bill this time the civil rights bill of 1875 to prohibit segregation and racial discrimination. Rep. Richard Cain of South Carolina, a clergyman and bishop of the AME denomination as well as a strong political leader, forcefully rebutted the Democrats’ arguments in favor of segregation and discrimination:

I have sat in this House nearly nine months and I have listened to gentlemen recognized as the leaders on the other side i.e., the Democrats attempting to demonstrate the inferiority of a race of men whom they have so long outraged, and to cast a slur upon them because they have been helpless. And the Democratic gentleman from Virginia calls in question the propriety of passing the civil rights bill. I cannot agree with him. Why not pass the civil rights bill?. The civil rights bill simply declares this: that there shall be no discriminations between citizens of this land so far as the laws of the land are concerned. I can find no fault with that. The great living principle of the American government is that all men are free. We admit from every land and every nationality men to come here and, under the folds republican U. S. rep. Richard Cain to hoe his row in this contest of life, and then let him go down.

All we ask of this country is to put no barriers between us to accomplish our destiny. Do this, sir, and we shall ask of that noble flag repose in peace and protection. Yet because, forsooth in truth, God Almighty made the face of the Negro black, Democrats would deny him that right though he is a man Mr. Speaker, I regard the civil rights bill as among the best measures that ever came before Congress. Why, sir, it is at the very foundation of good government I have no fear for the future I have faith in this country The great principle which underlies our government of liberty, of justice, of right will eventually prevail in this land and we shall enjoy equal rights under the laws. Let the laws of the country are just; let the laws of the country be equitable; this is all we ask, and we will take our chances under the laws in this land. Place all citizens upon one broad platform; and if the Negro is not qualified to lie no stumbling blocks in our way, to give us freedom nothing more.

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