The Lie of Richard Nixon’s Racism

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  1. Revmitchell

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    “For the first time since President Richard M. Nixon’s divisive ‘Southern strategy’ that sent whites to the Republican Party and blacks to the Democrats …” began a New York Times story last week. Thus has one of the big lies of U.S. political history morphed into a cliche—that Richard Nixon used racist politics to steal the South from a Democratic Party battling heroically for civil rights....

    ....In 1956, as vice president, Nixon went to Harlem to declare, “America can’t afford the cost of segregation.” The following year, Nixon got a personal letter from Dr. King thanking him for helping to persuade the Senate to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Nixon supported the civil rights acts of 1964, 1965, and 1968.

    In the 1966 campaign, as related in my new book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority, out July 8, Nixon blasted Dixiecrats “seeking to squeeze the last ounces of political juice out of the rotting fruit of racial injustice.”

    Nixon called out segregationist candidates in ’66 and called on LBJ, Hubert Humphrey, and Bobby Kennedy to join him in repudiating them. None did. Hubert, an arm around Lester Maddox, called him a “good Democrat.” And so were they all—good Democrats. While Adlai chose Sparkman, Nixon chose Spiro Agnew, the first governor south of the Mason Dixon Line to enact an open-housing law.

    In Nixon’s presidency, the civil rights enforcement budget rose 800 percent. Record numbers of blacks were appointed to federal office. An Office of Minority Business Enterprise was created. SBA loans to minorities soared 1,000 percent. Aid to black colleges doubled.

    Nixon won the South not because he agreed with them on civil rights—he never did—but because he shared the patriotic values of the South and its antipathy to liberal hypocrisy. When Johnson left office, 10 percent of Southern schools were desegregated. When Nixon left, the figure was 70 percent.

    Richard Nixon desegregated the Southern schools, something you won’t learn in today’s public schools. For history is a pack of lies agreed upon.

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/the-lie-of-richard-nixons-racism/
     
  2. InTheLight

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    Nixon was not a racist, but that doesn't mean he didn't employ strategies to energize white voters in the south. One of his big campaign slogans was "Law and Order" and in the south it was "State's Rights". This was in the aftermath (and current climate) of race riots and the federal government mandating integration. It's not hard to connect the dots.

    You might be able to find a source here and there that will dispute Nixon used a "southern strategy" but they will be few and far between. It is important to separate the man, Nixon, from the campaign strategy.
     
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    Nixon certainly did use race to help turn the South to the GOP. Nixon was first and foremost a crass politician whose goal was to be elected and help his party win no matter what.

     
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    Wiki :laugh:

    Anyway the Democrat party needs this lie out there to distract from their own history and current racist policies.
     
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    Just as Johnson did to buy the black vote for the "next 200 years".
     
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    There was no such thing as a Southern strategy. The Democrats controlled the South up until this year when Louisiana finally got a Republican senator.


     
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    I posted the following on another thread { Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president?} but it shows the hypocrisy of Crabby in continuing to repeat his mantra about Nixon. It is just his not so subtle attempt to brand all Republicans as racists!

     

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