In response to my querie about the origins of the monolithic black voting block for democrats who everyone knows could care less about black voters, fatman wrote:

In answer to the question you posed at Random Numbers, the almost monolithic support of the Democratic Party by black voters dates back to the 1964 presidential election. One of the few Republicans to oppose the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, won the GOP nomination for president that year. Goldwater always insisted that his opposition was based not on racism, but on the belief that Act went too far in abrogating “states rights” (which went on to become a code phrase for racism).

I don’t know if he was telling the truth or not (I was eleven at the time), but I do recall that all the major civil rights leaders and organizations of the day threw their support to incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson. This was especially true of Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

In 1968 Richard M. Nixon, who was perceived (with some justification) as being both a racist and an anti-semite won the GOP nomination and eventually the general election. By this time Dr. King was dead, so his heirs in the civil rights movement supported incumbent Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey. Nixon ran for (and won) re-election in 1972, beating George McGovern in a landslide that was more about McGovern’s extreme left-wing ideology than about race. By this time it had become axiomatic that if you were black, you voted Democratic. An ironic twist on that old, Jim Crow, deep South expression “yellow-dog Democrat” i.e. “I’d vote for a yellow dog if it was running as a Democratic.”

If you know why blacks vote democratic in spite of the democrats racist past and present, post your comment.

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