Civil Rights turned up­side down

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staff , his cabi­net and any­one who voted for him. Democrats have called us de­plorables and var­i­ous other names you can’t say in po­lite com­pany.

They hate us, just like racist white folks hate all us black folks. I was once hated be­cause of the color of my skin. Now I’m hated be­cause of my po­lit­i­cal reg­is­tra­tion.

Peo­ple for­get, Democrats cre­ated the black codes, Jim Crow laws, seg­re­ga­tion, the Ku Klux Klan. They de­nied us the right to vote. Then the 1965 Civil Rights law was passed and Dr. King en­cour­aged black folks to reg­is­ter as Democrats so we could vote for John Kennedy.

Since then the Demo­cratic Party has con­vinced black folks that the Repub­li­cans are the racists. Now they are not only call­ing Repub­li­cans racists, but sex­ists, misog­y­nists, ho­mo­pho­bic, Xeno­pho­bic, and Is­lama­pho­bic. And those of us who are black and Repub­li­can are also called “Un­cle Toms." Prob­lem is – it’s all a lie.

But they are us­ing those terms as rea­sons to ha­rass us and they de­fend the ha­rass­ment as “Free­dom of Speech” and their right to protest. Real racists de­nied us the right to vote, to eat at pub­lic es­tab­lish­ments, to use pub­lic ac­com­mo­da­tions. I drank from sep­a­rate wa­ter foun­tains. I rode in the back of the bus. I went to “Sep­a­rate but Equal” schools – all be­cause racist Democrats didn’t like the color of my skin.

Now Democrats, black and white, want to ha­rass me – all be­cause they don’t like my pol­i­tics. Seems like Civil Rights turned up­side down.

They are march­ing, protest­ing, deny­ing peo­ple the right to pub­lic ac­com­mo­da­tions and the right to speak on col­lege cam­puses. They have al­ready re­sorted to vi­o­lence since Trump won the elec­tion. They’ve beaten peo­ple up and even shot one Con­gress­man. They talked about burn­ing The White House down and im­peach­ing Trump be­fore his first 100 days. They even talked about as­sas­si­nat­ing him.

No­body has died yet. But what hap­pens when some­one does?

This is a Demo­cratic Repub­lic. We vote politi­cians in or out. We ac­cept the re­sults of an elec­tion as le­gal and bind­ing. We don’t ad­vo­cate vi­o­lence be­cause we don’t like the re­sults of an elec­tion.

We also don’t ha­rass elected or ap­pointed of­fi­cials in pub­lic, at their work­place and cer­tainly not at their homes – merely be­cause we don’t like their boss. To see an elected of­fi­cial ad­vo­cate ha­rass­ment of an­other pub­lic of­fi­cial just be­cause they are from the op­po­si­tion party is just fright­en­ing. And to watch black of­fi­cials or black ra­dio or TV talk show hosts ad­vo­cate do­ing to oth­ers what was done to them or their fore­fa­thers is an abom­i­na­tion.

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