In the last several days, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has made speeches before predominately White supporters asking African-American citizens to vote for him. Not only did he paint with a broad brush, he also told people that Democrats are bad for Blacks. He talked about the Republican party, the party of Lincoln, being the best choice for Black voters.
I am blessed to have been born to older parents, and 23 years after the first-born. My dad was born in 1897. He died when I was 16-years old and it’s as if I can hear him today talking about politics. I wish that I could hear him today. You see, one of the things my dad used to talk about was how colored people supported the Republican party, and how that would change with the 1960 presidential election.
Many black leaders, including Martin Luther King, Sr.,and Jackie Robinson, initially supported Nixon’s 1960 bid for the presidency. Southern Whites were devastated. They didn’t want to vote Democrat because Kennedy was Catholic, and they didn’t want to vote Republican because they believed Nixon was interested in giving voting and other civil rights to Blacks in the South. Kennedy then reached out to southern democrats by selecting Lyndon Johnson from Texas as his running mate. Read the rest of this entry