Hearst Television is very proud of its acclaimed weekly political magazine show “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien” – of which O’Brien is host and producer. O’Brien is described as an award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist. So we have a “documentarian” on a show about “facts.” You would think “truth” would be an important ingredient in this show’s mission statement. Well, you would be wrong if you did.
I’m not a viewer of the show. I just happened to stop while channel surfing on one segment of the show on May 7th. Ms. O’Brien reports –
“Sadly, I’m sure nobody was too busy to miss what Kanye West had to say this past week; tweeting like crazy making controversial comments about race and politics.”
So when you think about West’s opinions associate them with the words “crazy” and “sadly.” Ms O’Brien feels those opinions warrant a history lesson and she is just the person to deliver it.
“Lincoln was elected in 1860 as a Republican. He ran against “southern” Democrats who chose to protect slave owners – this is correct and a high school history class (she said with a wink) would, by the way, have told you that.”
First, Lincoln ran against ALL Democrats because the entire Democratic Party supported slavery. The Republican Party was founded as an opposition to slavery. Lincoln, himself, identified four Democrats as the greatest proponents of slavery. Roger Taney, author of the majority opinion in the Dred Scott case, was the fifth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1836 until his death in 1864 who, as a Marylander, was technically a southerner. Franklin Pierce, POTUS from 1853 to 1857 from New Hampshire. James Buchanan from Pennsylvania, the POTUS who preceded Lincoln. Finally, Lincoln names Stephen Douglas – his opponent in the 1860 election, who represented Illinois in the U.S. Senate. So 3 of the 4 greatest proponents of slavery, according to Lincoln, were northern Democrats. Second, even if Soledad is correct that what she said is being taught in our high schools (which I kind of doubt) it is a lie.
“The key thing to know is that over the next 100 years the parties would switch positions on race and civil rights.”
Actually, she goes on to jump from 1865 to 1929, but let me digress a moment to point out that in the aftermath of the Civil War there were almost no southern Democrats in the House or Senate. In that period Republicans passed the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution that abolished slavery, gave citizenship to Blacks and gave Blacks the right to vote. These amendments were almost totally opposed by those northern Democrats. Also, during this period, former Confederate General, Nathan Bedford Forrest, founded the KKK which was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party. In 1924 20,000 Klansman marched in New York City at the Democratic Party Convention to which many of the Klansman were delegates. The KKK flourished during this period of time. And keep in mind, every Jim Crow law was passed by a Democrat legislature, signed by a Democrat Governor and enforced by Democrat law officials.
“The depression in 1929 marked a big shift for Black voters to FDR. It was FDR’s wife (Eleanor) who pushed anti-lynching legislation while FDR himself created the Fair Employment Practices Committee which banned discrimination of African Americans in the defense industry.”
I don’t know what Eleanor did to push anti-lynching legislation, but here are the facts about what the actual President, FDR, did. Shortly after his inauguration in 1933, FDR was anxious to get his”New Deal” legislation passed. He called in all the Democratic leaders to get their support. They offered their support on two conditions. 1 – FDR had to agree to block any and all anti-lynching legislation. 2 – FDR had to agree to deny New Deal benefits to Blacks. FDR agreed. Yes, FDR agreed. Now, FDR could not write legislation specifically identifying Blacks as ineligible for these benefits. But they could exclude jobs from New Deal benefits. And the jobs excluded were those most likely to employ Blacks in those days – farm workers and domestics. For the promise of those tiny scraps Blacks did indeed switch their voting from 75% for Republican Herbert Hoover in 1928 to 75% for FDR in 1936. Meanwhile all the Jim Crow laws of the south remained in effect. Incidentally, the exclusion of farm workers and domestics from S.S. was removed in 1954 by the Republican President, House and Senate.
As to FDR creating the Fair Employment Practices Committee, that is laughable. Soledad carefully structures her words to imply that FDR did that as part of the New Deal. In fact, the Fair Employment Practices Committee was not created until 1941 because, seeing war on the horizon, he wanted to build up our military and he foresaw a large percentage of White men going into the military.
“By 1948 Democrat Presidential candidate Harry Truman runs on a civil rights platform that called for integrating the military and ending discrimination for Federal employees. That caused the departure of many southern Democrats from the Democratic Party.”
In 1947, with an approval rating of 35%, Truman courted Black Americans by coming out in favor of civil rights. Truman hoped he could keep southerners in the Party by making his support for civil rights more rhetorical than substantive, just as FDR had done. At the 1948 convention his strategy collapsed and a strong civil rights plank was forced on him by liberals led by Hubert Humphrey. This resulted in the ‘Dixiecrats’ leaving the party and forming a third party to run against Truman and Republican Dewey.
With Dixiecrats gone, Truman tried to cement his support from Blacks and liberals by issuing executive orders integrating the military and ending discrimination in the civil service. This was BEFORE the election. Truman had been President since 1945 so he could have issued those executive orders three years sooner, but he did it only when he was faced with losing his job.
Here are some facts for you. The 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Right’s Act and the 1968 Fair Housing Act were passed by Republican votes. The proportion of Republicans who voted for those three Acts was much greater than the proportion of Democrats (Republicans were in the minority). In fact, had there been no Republicans in the House or Senate, those three bills would have failed.
“In 1968 it was Nixon’s ‘southern strategy’ that recognized the racial tensions during the civil rights movement and intentionally appealed to White Southerners’ racial hostility.”
Of all of O’Brien’s lies, this is probably the most extreme and heinous. Several Academics have authored books on the lie of Nixon having a ‘southern strategy.’ Nixon did not even court the 5 most southern states because he knew George Wallace would win with the votes of Dixiecrats who abandoned the Democrat Party in 1948. Liberals have advanced the notion that Nixon used dog whistles – code words to appeal to the racism of Whites. The code words were ‘drug use’ and ‘civil unrest.’ But in 1968 drug use was associated with hippies and civil unrest was related to the Viet Nam war protests. All through the 70s, 80s and 90s, as racism decreased in the south, Republican Party registration increased.
“In 2005 the Republican National Committee Chairman (Ken Mehlman) formally apologized for exploiting racial polarization to get votes.”
This is the one and only statement made by Soledad that is true. Not what he said, but the fact that he said it. It just goes to show that the ‘Big Lie’ espoused by the Democrats, the lamestream media and liberal academia had even bamboozled Chairman Ken Mehlman and probably many other Republicans.
“As for slavery being a choice … that’s just so stupid we’re not going to dignify it with an answer.”
I must warn you Kanye, Soledad is using the standard Democratic ‘code words’ to put you on notice. Remember what happened to Bill Cosby when he began to espouse some ‘conservative’ notions. Suddenly women started coming out of the wood work to charge him with sexual misconduct. One of those women wondered before the media why it took so long for anybody to listen to her accusations. That was because the Cos was a good liberal until recently. My advice to you, Kanye, is to shuffle back onto the Democratic plantation as quickly as possible before the Democratic ‘apparatus’ crushes you.
BTW, these facts can be looked up on the internet, but if you want more information borrow Dinesh D’Souza’s movies from your local library, especially America: Imagine the World Without Her, and Hillary’s America. You will also profit by googling the string “youtube dinesh dsouza” and watch some of his college lectures.
So now you know what a lying scumbag Soledad is.