I’ve always been puzzled as to why the majority of African-Americans align with the Democratic Party. Does it make sense? Not to me, especially in light of these facts: Martin Luther King, Jr. was a REPUBLICAN. His father, Daddy King was a REPUBLICAN. In 1857, a DEMOCRATICALLY controlled Supreme Court delivered the Dred Scott decision, declaring that blacks were not persons or citizens but instead were property and therefore had no rights. The 13th Amendment to abolish slavery was voted for by 100% of the REPUBLICANs in congress and by 23% of the DEMOCRATS in congress. Not one DEMOCRAT either in the House or the Senate voted for the 14th amendment declaring that former slaves were full citizens of the state in which they lived and were therefore entitled to all the rights and privileges of any other citizen in that state. Not a single one of the 56 DEMOCRATS in Congress voted for the 15th amendment that granted explicit voting rights to black Americans. In the 19th century, DEMOCRATS prevented Black Americans from going to public school. In the 20th and 21st century DEMOCRATS prevented Black Americans trapped in failing schools from choosing a better school. In fact DEMOCRATS voted against the bill by 99%. Jim Crow laws, poll taxes, grandfather clauses, Literacy tests, white only primaries, and physical violence all came from the DEMOCRATIC Party. Following the Civil War, Frederick Douglass received Presidential appointments from REPUBLICAN Presidents Ulysses Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, and James A. Garfield. DEMOCRATIC President Grover Cleveland removed Frederick Douglas from office but REPUBLICAN President Benjamin Harrison reappointed him. In 1789, the REPUBLICAN controlled Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance that prohibited slavery in a federal territory. In 1820, the DEMOCRATIC Congress passed the Missouri Compromise and reversed that earlier policy, permitting slavery in almost half of the federal territories. In 1850, DEMOCRATs in Congress passed the “Fugitive Slave Law”. That law required Northerners to return escaped slaves back into slavery or else pay huge fines. Through the Kansas-Nebraska Act, DEMOCRATs repealed earlier REPUBLICAN-led restrictions, thus allowing slavery to be introduced into parts of the new territory where it previously had been forbidden. Following the passage of these pro-slavery laws in Congress, in May of 1854, a variety of Emancipationists formed a new political party to fight slavery and secure equal civil rights for black Americans. The name of that party? They called it the REPUBLICAN Party because they wanted to return to the principles of freedom and equality first set forth in the governing documents of the Republic before pro-slavery members of Congress had perverted those original principles. One of the founders of the REPUBLICAN was U.S. Senator Charles Sumner. In 1856, Sumner gave a two day long speech in the U.S. Senate against slavery. Following that speech, DEMOCRATIC Representative Preston Brooks from South Carolina clubbed down Sumner on the floor of the Senate, knocked him unconscious, and beat him almost to death. According to the sources of that day, many DEMOCRATs thought that Sumner’s clubbing was deserved, and it even amused them. What happened to DEMOCRAT Preston Brooks following his vicious attack on Sumner? He was proclaimed a southern hero and easily re-elected to Congress. In 1856, the REPUBLICAN Party entered its first Presidential election, running REPUBLICAN John C. Fremont against DEMOCRAT James Buchanan. In that election, the REPUBLICAN Party issued its first-ever Party platform. It was a short document with only nine planks in the platform, but significantly, SIX OF THE NINE planks set forth bold declarations of equality and civil rights for African Americans based on the principles of the Declaration of Independence. In 1856, the DEMOCRATIC platform took a position strongly defending slavery and warned: “All efforts of the abolitionists… are calculated to lead to the most alarming and dangerous consequences…” Finally, it is worth noting that for over a century and a half, DEMOCRATS often have taken a position that some human life is disposable – as they did in the Dred Scott decision. In that instance, a black individual was not a life, it was property; and an individual could do with his property as he wished. Today, DEMOCRATS have largely taken that same position on unborn human life – that an unborn human is disposable property to do with as one wishes.