Skip to comments.GOP group's campaign ad says Democrats started KKK
Posted on 09/21/2006 6:07:24 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) -- A national black Republican group is running a radio advertisement accusing Democrats of starting the Ku Klux Klan and saying the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican, a claim challenged by civil-rights researchers.
Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, the black Republican nominee for Maryland's open Senate seat, disavowed the ad Thursday as "insulting to Marylanders." He said his campaign asked the Washington-based National Black Republican Association to stop running it.
At an event in Baltimore, Steele said, "I don't know exactly what the intent of the ad was" but that "it's not helpful to the public discourse."
The ad does not mention Steele or his Democratic opponent, Rep. Ben Cardin.
The association's president, Frances Rice, did not return calls for comment. The group, founded a year ago, promotes the Republicans to black voters.
The spot begins with one woman telling another, "Dr. King was a real man. You know he was a Republican."
Steve Klein, a senior researcher with the Atlanta-based King Center, said Thursday that King never endorsed candidates from either party.
"I think it's highly inaccurate to say he was a Republican because there's really no evidence," Klein said.
A King biographer, Taylor Branch, also said Thursday that King was nonpartisan.
In the ad, the woman goes on to say, "Democrats passed those black codes and Jim Crow laws. Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan." Her companion replies, "The Klan? White hoods and sheets?"
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Last I'd heard, it's correct.
It was southern Dems that started the KKK, but I don't think MLK was a Republican.
its probably true. Not only that i bet most Democrats are criminals too.
Well,of course THEY did!His name is Nathan Bedford Forrest!!By the way,(in case Charlie Rangel doesn't know),"Bull"Conner was a DemonRat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't know about the MLK thing (it might be true I just have never heard it before) the KKK thing seems pretty accurate though.
Well, lets see,
You had Bob Byrd, Harry Truman..Both Members of the Klan.
George Wallace, Bull Connor, Al Gores dad. all voted against the civil Rights act.
What do all these men have in Common..all were Democrats...
Now you know the rest of the story....
Can't wait for this to be released.
Exclusive to NewsMax.com
By Jason Apuzzo & Govindini Murty
New Film Praises Republicans' Role in Civil Rights Movement
Nina May and Tricia Erickson's inspiring new film "Emancipation, Revelation, Revolution" is one such documentary that portrays the foundational role of the Republican Party in ending slavery and supporting the Civil Rights movement. The film argues that the Republican Party was created to end slavery. Major legal reforms and acts of legislation passed to give black Americans the vote; and full civil rights, equal to whites, were created and passed by Republican legislators.
The attempts to discredit the information are going to be intense. However, if your going to make the claim be ready with the documented facts of the case, in fact you should lead with them becaues the MSM is not going to let your facts post claim reach the airwaves in front of bellicose staged indignation...
MLK a Republican? No way!
The ad is the truth.
Lincoln and the Republicans and the abolitionists were on the same side.
The southern and northern democrats were content to retain slavery with no protest permitted.
All of the anti-black sentiment from the Civil War until now came out of the Democrat party. Everything from George Wallace to Jim Crow was Democrat.
African Americans should come home to their true home, the party of Lincoln and Emancipation.
Here you go people!!
The Republican Party was born in the early 1850's by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. The first informal meeting of the party took place in Ripon, Wisconsin, a small town northwest of Milwaukee. The first official Republican meeting took place on July 6th, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. The name "Republican" was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson's Democratic-Republican Party. At the Jackson convention, the new party adopted a platform and nominated candidates for office in Michigan.
In 1856, the Republicans became a national party when John C. Fremont was nominated for President under the slogan: "Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men, Fremont." Even though they were considered a "third party" because the Democrats and Whigs represented the two-party system at the time, Fremont received 33% of the vote. Four years later, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican to win the White House.
The Civil War erupted in 1861 and lasted four grueling years. During the war, against the advice of his cabinet, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves. The Republicans of the day worked to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, the Fourteenth, which guaranteed equal protection under the laws, and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans.
The Republican Party also played a leading role in securing women the right to vote. In 1896, Republicans were the first major party to favor women's suffrage. When the 19th Amendment finally was added to the Constitution, 26 of 36 state legislatures that had voted to ratify it were under Republican control. The first woman elected to Congress was a Republican, Jeanette Rankin from Montana in 1917.
Yep, I checked too. It's all correct. So what's the problem with the Dems. Facts are such stubborn things.
Hey, that dottering old fool from WV was (and probably is) a card carrying official of the KKK. Last I checked, he was a demmycrat. The old racist Wallace was a demmycrat.
I think MLK, Sr., was a Republican.
There was no republican party in the south during those years. I know because my mother helped to establish the republican party in Mississippi and she was a civil rights activist! I don't know the exact years, but it was during the worst of the worst and it was the democrat party that was supporting the clan. THAT IS A FACT!! I remember my late father teaching us all to shoot because he feared they would target our family. We got threatening phone calls from our neighbors and for awhile my Dad was pretty scared and begged my head strong mom to stop supporting the whole movement(Especially after those civil rights workers were killed in Mississippi). We were white folks supporting civil rights and the republican ticket and that was dangerous in Mississippi at the time. That was the fact on the ground at the time folks.
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