The party changed, but at­ti­tudes re­main

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I have read sim­i­lar ar­ti­cles on the Demo­cratic Party and the KKK as pub­lished in the Sept. 22 edi­tion of the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent [“The his­tory of the Demo­cratic Party and the Ku Klux Klan,” Letters to the Ed­i­tor, Page A8].

I cer­tainly do not ques­tion the facts of that let­ter but it stops short of present-day re­al­ity. It fails to fol­low the evo­lu­tion of the Demo­cratic Party in the South. That is, when civil rights and de­seg­re­ga­tion be­came more of a na­tional is­sue, a siz­able group of that party mor­phed into Dix­iecrats. They were un­suc­cess­ful, but even­tu­ally in the 1970s they evolved into Repub­li­cans. So today what was orig­i­nally called the Solid Demo­cratic South is now the Solid Repub­li­can South.

Party af­fil­i­a­tion in the South has changed, but at­ti­tudes pretty much re­main the same as be­fore the evo­lu­tion.

Gene Clark, White Plains

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