If no one else will stand up to what President Obama just said about bigotry, I WILL…
Wednesday marked the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States and was recognized by a speech from President Obama. However, let’s be very honest, the irony is striking. It was 150 years ago that a Republican president stepped forward to tackle the issue, even while the Civil War raged. It was in 1854 that the GOP was created for a single issue, the abolishment of slavery. It was a Republican House of Representatives, led by Rep. Thaddeus Stevens, that fought for the 13th Amendment against the fervent opposition of the Democrat party. And so it was that the 14th and 15th Amendments followed, passed by a Republican-led Congress.
When the Congress changed hands, it was under Democrat leadership that civil rights legislation was challenged. We saw the rise of Jim Crow and the prominence of the Ku Klux Klan. Some are even coming to realize the abject racism of President Woodrow Wilson, under whom the heinous practice of lynchings grew. I believe Wilson even viewed the film, “The Birth of a Nation,” which promoted the Klan and its activities. So let’s be honest and embrace not the revisionist history some would advance, but actual history.
And true to form, President Obama did not hesitate to inject politics in his remarks for the occasion.