REPUBLICANS FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS???
THAT’S NOT WHAT I WAS TOLD!!!
COULD IT POSSIBLY BE TRUE?
Here is what has happened in 2017 and 2018 since Trump and the Republicans have been in power.
* African-American unemployment has hit a record low of 5.9% in May of 2018.
* Poverty rates for African-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.
* President Trump is promoting private investment in “opportunity zones” in more than 8,700 distressed communities across the U.S. which aims to bring prosperity to many poor neighborhoods where many blacks are currently living.
* President Trump signed a Prison Reform Bill that will allow thousands of prisoners to be released from prison early and give many blacks who are re-entering society early a higher success rate so they do not return to prison again.
SO WHAT HAVE REPUBLICANS DONE BEFORE TRUMP? LET’S START AT THE BEGINNING OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY…
* The Republican Party started with Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President, who freed the slaves.
* Following the Civil War, the Republicans passed the 13th Amendment that freed the slaves without one Democrat vote. * The 14th Amendment was passed by Republicans which gave blacks citizenship.
* The 15th Amendment, which was also passed by Republicans, gave blacks the right to vote.
* In 1870, the first black Senator and the first black Congressman was sworn in. Both were Republicans.
* Every black congressman until 1935 was a Republican. * Every black Senator until 1975 was also a Republican.
* In the 1920s Republican President Calvin Coolidge declared that the rights of blacks are “just as sacred as any other citizen.”
* The Civil Rights Act of 1960 that outlawed poll taxes which were meant to keep blacks from voting, was filibustered by 19 Democrats for 125 hours and not one Republican opposed the bill.
* The follow-up Civil Rights Act of 1964 was also filibustered by Democrats and given overwhelming support from Republicans.
SO WHAT DO REPUBLICANS DO FOR BLACKS TODAY?
AND WHAT DO DEMOCRATS DO TODAY?
* The Republicans treat blacks as equals.
* The Democrats treat blacks as victims who aren’t capable of succeeding.
PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DONE MUCH TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF BLACKS.
REPUBLICANS ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AND STILL ARE WORKING FOR
EQUAL RIGHTS AND A BETTER LIFESTYLE FOR BLACKS.
LET’S SEE WHAT FREDERICK DOUGLAS HAS TO SAY ABOUT LIFE EMPOWERING VALUES…
LIMITED POWER OF GOVERNMENT: Frederick Douglass had this to say about governmental power: “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Frederick Douglass advocated for self-sufficiency when he stated, “… And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!” “… your interference is doing positive injury.” Douglass also commented, “… I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”
US CONSTITUTION: In a speech delivered in Glasgow, Scotland in 1860, Frederick Douglass explained the true meaning of the three-fifths clause: “It is a downright disability laid upon the slaveholding States; one which deprives those States
of two-fifths of their natural basis of representation. A black man in a free State is worth just two-fifths more than a black man in a slave State, as a basis of political power under the Constitution. Therefore instead of encouraging slavery, the Constitution encourages freedom by giving an increase of “twofifths” of political power to free over slave States. So much for the three-fifths clause; taking it at its worst, it still leans to freedom, not to slavery; for, be it remembered that the Constitution nowhere forbids a coloured man to vote.”
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY: In his speech entitled, Self-Made Men, Frederick Douglass wrote, “You have been accustomed to hear that money is the root of all evil, etc.” . . . “On the other hand, property, money if you please, will purchase for us the only condition upon which any people can rise to the dignity of genuine manhood, for without property, there can be no leisure: without leisure, there can be no thought: without thought, there can be no invention: without invention there can be no progress.” At the time of his death in 1895, Douglass had amassed $300,000 in savings—more than $10 million in today’s money.
WOMEN’S RIGHTS: Frederick Douglass was an unyielding defender of women’s rights. In 1848, at the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, Douglass made the following comment, “We hold woman to be justly entitled to all we claim for man. We go farther, and express our conviction that all political rights which it is expedient for man to exercise, it is equally so for women.”
EDUCATION (SCHOOL CHOICE): Frederick Douglass was committed to “school choice”. In 1848, in righteous indignation, Douglass wrote the following in a scathing letter to the principal of Seward Seminary. “I am also glad to inform you that you have not succeeded as you had hoped to do, in depriving my child of the means of a decent education, or the privilege of going to an excellent school.”
FREE SPEECH: “No right was deemed by the fathers of the Government more sacred than the right of speech,” said Frederick Douglass. In his article entitled, The Plea for Free Speech in Boston (1860), Frederick Douglass reminds us that free speech has the power to create freedom and maintain freedom once it is established. As Douglass stated, “Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. They know its power.” “Slavery,” wrote Douglass, “cannot tolerate free speech.”
IMMIGRATION: On December 7, 1869, Frederick Douglass delivered a speech on immigration entitled, “Our Composite Nationality.” He provided his thoughts on the citizenship process for those wanting to settle in the United States: “We should welcome to our ample continent all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, and as fast as they learn our language and comprehend the duties of citizenship, we should incorporate them into the American body politic. The outspread wings of the American eagle are broad enough to shelter all who are likely to come.”
TODAY’S REPUBLICANS ARE FREDERICK DOUGLASS REPUBLICANS WHO HOLD THESE LIFE EMPOWERING VALUES!
All of the values above are the same values as our Republican platform.