About a month ago I ran into a Website called Black and Right. It is an excellent site that obliterates the myth that the Democrats have always been the party to protect Black Americans. Here is an excellent example:
November 22, 1865
Republicans denounce Democrat legislature of Mississippi for enacting “black codes,” which institutionalized racial discrimination
What were the Black Codes?
Black Codes was a name given to laws passed by southern governments established during the presidency of Andrew Johnson. These laws imposed severe restrictions on freed slaves such as prohibiting their right to vote, forbidding them to sit on juries, limiting their right to testify against white men, carrying weapons in public places and working in certain occupations.
After the American Civil Warthe Radical Republicans advocated the passing of the Civil Rights Bill, legislation that was designed to protect freed slaves from Southern Black Codes (laws that placed severe restrictions on freed slaves such as prohibiting their right to vote, forbidding them to sit on juries, limiting their right to testify against white men, carrying weapons in public places and working in certain occupations).
In April 1866, President Andrew Johnson vetoed the Civil Rights Bill. Johnson told Thomas C. Fletcher, the governor of Missouri: “This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President; it shall be a government for white men.” His views on racial equality was clearly defined in a letter to Benjamin B. French, the commissioner of public buildings: “Everyone would, and must admit, that the white race was superior to the black, and that while we ought to do our best to bring them up to our present level, that, in doing so, we should, at the same time raise our own intellectual status so that the relative position of the two races would be the same.”
Radical Republicans repassed the Civil Rights Bill and were also able to get the Reconstruction Acts passed in 1867 and 1868. Despite these acts, white control over Southern state governments was gradually restored when organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan were able to frighten blacks from voting in elections.
But, but, but Andrew Johnson was Abraham Lincoln’s VP and was a Republican; he should have known better than involved with something called “Black Codes”.
No Virginia, Andrew Johnson in actuality was one of the first RINO’s in American History. See Below:
Andrew Johnson was originally a Democrat, but eschewed both the Radical Republicans/Republicans and Democratic parties for years, particularly during his Presidency when he attempted to promote the short-lived National Union Party. He was elected as Lincoln’s Vice-President on the National Union ticket, but the party’s demise essentially made him an independent during his term of office, and the last President to serve without a major party affiliation. He eventually rejoined the Democratic Party when he returned to the Senate shortly before his death in 1875.
And like a typical Dem he sat through Impeachment Proceedings claiming his innocence when in fact he should have done the honorable thing by falling on his sword sort of like oh, Richard Nixon – a Republican did.