HOW BLACKS BECAME DEMOCRATIC: Adapt or Die. By Andre Austin The exodus of Black folks switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party was based in part on reciprocal cooperation between Blacks and whites. This cooperation grew into mutual interest rather than permanent friends. The republican party changed and adapted to their political environment. Freed blacks were aligned with the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln, quite naturally, due to his Proclamation Emancipation a war measure to free and enlist blacks into the military to fight the South. The Republican Party also gave Blacks the 14th Amendment and the 15th Amendment, the right to vote. Back then a Black person would have been crazy to vote for any other party. They voted their interest because whites gave them laws to protect themselves. Some Africans-Americans were attracted to FDR with his New Deal programs. A. Philip Randolph was able to threaten FDR with a march on Washington in 1941 and Roosevelt agreed to mediocrity end segregation in the military and created the FEPC= Fair Employment Practice Committee, a forerunner to the EEOC. So just when did Blacks jump ship of the Republican Party to another quasi-slave ship of the Democratic Party. Well the die was starting to be cast in 1960 when Kennedy was dueling it out with Nixon for the presidency. Smart politicians know how to maximize their timing and appeal to peoples emotions for their desired political ends. Martin Luther King was in and out of jail and the Kennedy’s made calls to his wife Coretta to voice their concern. In a reciprocal political move King and the Black churches distributed campaign leaflets all over the Ghettos called “blue bombs” urging blacks to vote for Kennedy. Former president Eisenhower blamed Nixon’s defeat on a couple calls from John and Robert to Mrs. King. Eisenhower wasn’t a fan of Civil Rights and he only sent troops to Little Rock High School in Arkansas because he wanted law and order, respect for the constitution or their would be chaos. People don’t know Dwight Eisenhower was an opponent to the Brown v Board of Education in 1954 but I don’t want to go off on tangents here. Now enter President Johnson in 1964 he ran for president. King decided to support Johnson for president. King was able to navigate a mass exodus of Blacks to the Democratic Party to Johnson. What was Johnson real intention of signing the Civil Rights Bill? “ Johnson, like other presidents, would often reveal his true motivation in asides that the press never picked up. During one trip, Johnson was discussing his proposed Civil Rights bill with two governors. Explaining why it was so important to him, he said it was simple: “I’ll have them ******* voting Democratic for two hundred years”-Inside the White House By Ronald Kessler p.33). Johnson would also give us the 1965 Voting Rights Act to help Blacks help white liberals get elected and the 1968 Housing Rights to help the Black Bourgeoisie (Upper Class) move out and flee the Ghetto to live in Suburbs with Whites. Johnson was smart, he changed his political environment adapted to change and became a political survivor. 1968 Nixon won the presidency because of a white exodus of voters left the Democratic Party to the Republican Party and that is how the South was lost. Whites were upset because they saw the Democratic Party now as a Black Party. Whites were upset that Black militants, hippies and others were causing too much trouble. Riots, protest, Anti-war people, marches and crashing The National Democratic Convention in Chicago doomed the Democrats to a defeat. A house divided can’t stand. The Democratic couldn’t bring in a coalition of unity. The democratic licked their wounds and lost basically from 1968-1992 with one break with Carter due to Watergate. Nixon was like a matador and dressed his WH police in silly uniforms to make them look important and regal. He wanted Law and Order and so was the mood of the land. MLK would loose his life because he spoke out of his reference. When he won the Nobel Peace prize in 1964 he accepted on behalf of blacks in American who maintained nonviolence in the face of state violence. However, in 1967 he took his peace trophy to advocate an end to Vietnam; his own nail in the coffin. MLK has been turned into a icon where people think his peace goals where to the point the wouldn’t swat and kill a fly if it was bugging him. Not so. An author by the name of Louis Lomax wrote: I once asked martin during a television interview what he would do if someone, white or black, entered his home and menaced his wife and children, he replied, “Louis, I don’t know what I would do; my advocacy of nonviolence is as a tactic during demonstrations, not as a total private way of life” (To Kill A Black Man,p.89) Its not about the Man Get yourself a Plan Its not about a Rap Get yourself a Map You got poetry instead of a blueprint program Broadway musicals in the place of jobs, controlled by the mob You have been slammed dunk in the face, put in your place Dancing with the stars and finger popping And looking up in the sky for some Pie The Democrats planed to keep all the misfits and troublemakers at a distance. Any deviant behavior like Sister soldier would get the immediate smack down. Politicians must create boogiemen and keep the flim flam off the radar. The Black Masses is the base of the democratic party and use of celebrities, actors and sports figures play their role in keeping the flock with the Shepard. They are smoke screens to divert from self-reliance. The Nixon administration devised a ploy to create Black millionaires and use Black Ministers to herd in no more than 20% of the Black vote to crush the Democrats. They don’t want more than 20% because they fear their party would be viewed as too black. They originally wanted to make up the difference with Hispanic votes but Southern White men blew it with their xenophobia and anti immigration rhetoric. Louis Farrakhan was viewed as a threat of leading a mass exodus of Blacks away from the Democratic Party. Farrakhan viewed blacks giving their ballots as a metaphor of bringing in big tons of bales of cotton for master/Democrats and receiving nothing in return. Unfortunately, he was right. The old school way of mutual reciprocity was over. Laws couldn’t force love or bring about social, political and economic justice for blacks. Law wasn’t freedom, living in truth was. Did we not learn from Jesus that he came not to change the law but fulfill it. Farrakhan was viewed as a Moses figure that could lead an exodus of black votes. To discredit him with his own words of insensitivity towards Jews, his statements about being in a spaceship and his statements of instigation of Malcolm’s death. The Jewish elite used Farrakhan as their boogieman to fund raise and bring publicity to their agenda and programs. In reciprocal of hate that produces hate Farrakhan and the NOI published a book called The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews with a premise that Jews played a major role in the slave trade. Preeminent historians Like Hugh Thomas in his The Slave Trade book would repudiate Farrakhan’s premise that Jews played a major role in the slave trade. Thomas stated that Aaron Lopez, born in Portugal was the only important slave trader in the Anglo-Saxon world with his father-in law Jacob Ribera of Rhode Island. Thomas did acknowledge converted Jews to Catholic and Christianity being financed in 16th &17th century Lisbon. In reality Farrakhan was no Hitler. The diabolical Hitler and his disciples are a threat to Jews not Farrakhan. The Jewish reaction and Farrakhan swinging back almost lead to the ruining of Black Jewish relationship. The Black elite and the democratic party have kept together a rainbow coalition of Hispanics, Jews, poor blacks, white women, gays and others under one Creator and one groove and tent. Farrakhan was stuck in a time zone of victimization of white racism. The white interest and being racist to us has diminished to fringe groups. The white man acts like a devil because it suits his purpose, and he mistreats us, he oppresses us, he’s brutal to us, because it’s in his interest-not because he is a devil. Don’t freeze yourself in this ice age. The interest of America is the interest of all America. With the election of Barack Obama, the first black president, the Democratic Party doesn’t have to come up with gimmicks anymore to keeps Blacks with true devotion to them. Obama Election did it all, it’s the cream of the top, bam, no one could have done it better. Black votes in the Democratic pocket for another 200 years unless the Wooly mammoths of the GOP can find a Colin Powell or something. And if that happen Nixon, Reagan, and John C. Calhoun, the champion of States Rights will do 360 degree turns in their graves over their dead cold bodies. The Whites from the South would leave an exodus from the Republican Party and create a Third Reich independent Party. The South once was forced to choose between abolition and secession and now expansion of the base or extinction. The environment has changed to multi-ethnic coalition. They must break out of the mindset that the constitution is just a covenant to big White corporations but also to the people as a whole. Adapt or die. Don’t go down in smoke but rise up from your ashes!!!!