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Letter: Democrats have long history of racism

To the editor:

Before you call someone a racist, maybe you should know some history. There were two major parties until 1850, the Whigs and the Democrats. Anti-slavery Democrats joined the Northern Whigs and formed the Republican Party. The 13th Amendment, which freed the slaves, was passed in 1865 by 100 percent of the Republicans and just 23 percent of the Democrats.

The 14th Amendment, which gave blacks full citizenship and the right to vote, was passed by 94 percent of the Republicans and no Democrats. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed by 80 percent Republicans and 63 percent Democrats. Hiram Rhodes Revels of Mississippi was the first black senator, serving from 1870-1871 as a Republican. Democrats followed 122 years later, electing their first black senator in 1993.

According to Wikipedia, The KKK or simply the Klan, has advocated extremist reactionary positions such as white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-immigration, anti-Catholicism and anti-semitism. The KKK used terrorism against groups or individuals whom they opposed. In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interest of the racist Democratic party.

While carrying out their acts of violence, they would cover their face to hide their identities. Jim Crow laws were state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. Enacted by white Democratic-dominated state legislatures, these laws continued to be enforced until 1965.

By definition, racist is a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another. Historically, this doesn't fit the Republican Party, the President nor me. "I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them". — Adlai Stevenson, 1952.

Richard Thompson

Alexandria, MN