This month America recognizes Black History month and the many contributions that have been made by black Americans throughout the years. As I was surfing the net to find out information about how this celebration began I happened upon some very interesting findings. According to, http://www.biography.com/blackhistory/black-history-month.jsp.
“In 1915, Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Rev. Jesse E. Moorland co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). There goal was to research and bring awareness to the largely ignored, yet crucial role black people played in American and world history. The following year, Woodson published and distributed his findings in The Journal of Negro History. He founded the publication with the hope that it would dispel popular mistruths. He also hoped to educate black people about their cultural background and instill them with a sense of pride in their race. The son of former slaves and the second black person to receive a degree from Harvard University, Carter Woodson understood the value of education. He also felt the importance of preserving one’s heritage and, upon his urgings the fraternity Omega Psi Phi created Negro History and Literature Week in 1920. In 1926, Woodson changed the name of the Negro History week. He selected the month of February for the celebration as a way to honor of the birth of two men whose actions drastically altered the future of black Americans. Abraham Lincoln, the U. S. President who issued the Emancipation Proclamation was born February 12th and Frederick Douglas, one of the nation’s leading abolitionists was born on February 14th.”
We seldom hear anything today about the relationship black Americans once enjoyed with the Republican Party. In an article from www.whitehouse.gov, Abraham Lincoln is credit with building up the Republican Party to become a strong national organization. It was this man that blacks in America during this time believed was due honor for his fight for the freedom of blacks. However something went wrong in the 1960’s that would sever these ties permanently. What happened to the history that detailed the bond that blacks in America once held to the Republican Party? What happened to the welcoming mat President Lincoln laid out to blacks in his abolishing of slavery within the United States? After the death of Carter Wilson in the 1950’s the ASNLH, took on the platform of the Black Power Movement. This celebration that once honored the victories shared by blacks and whites had now changed hands and was transformed into the ideologies of liberal black radicals. It was also during this time that the radical liberal blacks and whites joined forces. The celebration of Black History Month would no longer include the works of Abraham Lincoln and other Republicans who worked so hard to bring equality to the lives of blacks in America.
The fight to enact the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960, gave liberals the upper hand they needed against the Republican Party. When members of the party stood against the use of quotas within the establishment of Affirmative Action, Democrats used this resistance to convince black church leaders who led the fight within the Civil Rights Movements to believe that the Republican Party was no longer a friend to the black community. By this time the Republican Party had experienced some growing pains within their 100% voting average within the black community. That is correct. There was a time when blacks in America voted 100% for the Republican Party. Who knew? However the Democrats saw their time coming and awaited the right time to snatch the black voting block from the Republicans. During one occasion while Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was jailed, President Kennedy called to comfort Coretta Scott King. This left a compassionate impression on Dr. King’s father. In return for President Kennedy’s kindness Dr. King's, father promised to bring votes from the black community and on that promise he made good. Until this day, the 90% voting bloc within the black community has not changed.
Fast forward to 2010, the idea that the Republican Party is a racist party overtaken by Conservative Evangelical Christians of the worst kind has been drilled tightly into the minds of those in the black community. The Presidency of Barack Obama has allowed many blacks to shed their perception of the loyalties of the Democrat Party however. I have also seen the rise of the Tea Party Movement that has re-opened the door to Black Conservatives reuniting them once again to the Republican Party and realigning themselves to the principles and values that this party was built on. Here in Texas, I have been privileged to experience this new attitude of grassroots candidates who are rising up and running for office. One such candidate is Debra Medina who is running for Governor of Texas. Debra’s supporters are those from all walks of life. The diversity that exists within her supporters reflects the type of relationships that may have been present with blacks and white during the Lincoln years. Although some of Debra’s beliefs about government may differ from Lincoln her welcoming and treatment of blacks reminds me of the principles that began the celebration of black history month when whites were appreciated for the sacrifices they made for equality.
In the beginning years of celebrating Black History month it was not about being black it was about being free. It was about being able to have the opportunity to attain a better life through hard work. It was about celebrating those people that fought hard to see that we all could live in peace as a nation. These are the much needed qualities that must be brought back within our government. These are the qualities that moved Carter Woodson to honor President Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. The real history of Blacks and the Republican Party has been destroyed by the liberal left radicals within the Democrat Party who have no interest in empowering blacks. Star Parker, syndicated columnist and founder of CURE, was interviewed on our Conservative Moms radio show this morning, during our discussion Star made a comparison that should be of great concern to the black community. She explained that during the time when the black community aligned themselves with the Christian principles of the Republican Party they enjoyed a better quality of life. She explained that during those times the percentage of two parent families was at approximately 78%, however today approximately 68% of black families are headed by a single parent. That is a vast difference and the impact of such statistics is horrifying.
The statistics expressed by Star are not those that would lead us to celebrate. In fact we should be deeply saddened. However as blacks move from being controlled by the immoral ungodly principles of the liberal left that has only brought forth destruction; to the godly principles of those which are held by grassroots conservatives like Debra Medina, there will arise again in America a reason to celebrate. We will be able to celebrate our great history that binds us together and makes us one nation under God.
For a timeline of historical events concerning blacks and the Republican Party visit this link.http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/republicans-vs-democrats-and-the-civil-rights-history/blog-27537/