Democrats love to pose as as the party of social change, progress, and equality, and often paint themselves in that light to contrast what they think of Republicans.
Of course, for a political organization to really be able to call itself the party of social change, it might need to have not been violently and desperately opposed the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln, when he was elected president. It would help if it had not once been dedicated to the proposition that chattel slavery, based on race, was an eternal American institution — and fought a war to prove it.
It would be even better if the party didn’t have a long, encrusted history of openly avowing white supremacy, including grossly racist posters and propaganda pressing the agenda of the Jim Crow Era. Unfortunately for Democrats, their well-documented past includes all three.
Take a look at the campaign poster for Pennsylvania Democrat gubernatorial candidate Hiester Clymer, who ran on an extreme white supremacist message in the election of 1866 against Republican James White Geary:
It doesn’t get much more racist than that. And remember, this was only a year after the Union defeated the Confederacy in the Civil War, putting an end to slavery in the United States forever. Democrats — even in Northern states — didn’t get the message.
The Library of Congress website, from which this image was taken, gives further context to this disturbing image, describing it as “another in a series of racist posters attacking Radical Republican exponents of black suffrage, issued during the 1866 Pennsylvania gubernatorial race.”
The issue was crystal clear.
“The poster specifically characterizes Democratic candidate Hiester Clymer’s platform as ‘for the White Man,’ represented here by the idealized head of a young man. (Clymer ran on a white-supremacy platform),” the Library of Congress continues.
“In contrast a stereotyped black head represents Clymer’s opponent James White Geary’s platform, ‘for the Negro.’”
“Every Radical in Congress Voted for Negro Suffrage,” the poster reads. “Every Radical in the Pennsylvania Senate Voted for Negro Suffrage.”
“Read the platforms,” it says later on.
Fortunately for the Keystone State, and America, Geary won that particular race.
Of course, this is the history of the Democrat Party liberals don’t want you to see. They are much happier putting all of the historical racism as far away from them as possible.
I even once spoke with a history professor who tried to convince me that the Democrats and Republicans were just in the opposite parties and that, really, Lincoln was a Democrat.
The Soviets tried to airbrush history like that, too, before Ronald Reagan defeated them in the Cold War.
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