For John, BLUF: We need to talk about parties. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Yesterday, on City Life, Producer John McDonough asked the Table "who started Government paying for Primaries?" I jumped in and said Woodrow Wilson. President Wilson was a progressive and wanted to take power away from the old "Party Bosses" and give it to the People, the right People.
However, as this article from Reason shows, that did not include Blacks—"Dixiecrats Triumphant". The author is Mr Charles Paul Freund.
It was Inauguration Day, and in the judgment of one later historian, "the atmosphere in the nation's capital bore ominous signs for Negroes." Washington rang with happy Rebel Yells, while bands all over town played 'Dixie.' Indeed, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who swore in the newly elected Southern president, was himself a former member of the Ku Klux Klan. Meanwhile, "an unidentified associate of the new Chief Executive warned that since the South ran the nation, Negroes should expect to be treated as a servile race." Somebody had even sent the new president a possum, an act supposedly "consonant with Southern tradition."Yes, President Wilson brought to the nation's Capitol the scourge of segregation and Jim Crow.
And was unapologetic:
"If the colored people made a mistake in voting for me," he told The New York Times in 1914, "they ought to correct it."Well, that is a good point.
But, rather than correcting it, we have drifted back into a separation based on race. And, in saying that, I indict the Democrat Party and the left in general. Mr Brendan O'Neill discusses this in an OpEd in The LA Times, "The trouble with 'racial awareness' on campus". In the mean time, Harvard College continues to discriminate against Asians applying for admission. Maybe it is a step forward. They used to discriminate against Jews.
My solution for "People of Color"—Educate the Democrats by voting Republican.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff