Although prominent blacks in the Democrat Party, such as Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton, are recognized as leaders within the black community, there’s still a lot of debate about whether they really help or hurt Black Americans.
But if we look at the work of black democrat leaders, through a historical lens, it becomes clear if today’s leaders are worth following. In fact, there was no debate about their 19th century counterparts.
Because during that time, black democrat leaders helped the Ku Klux Klan terrorize other blacks throughout southern states.
After the Civil War, a majority of ex-slaves became republicans. Since republicans led the fight to end slavery over strong Democrat opposition, obviously most blacks were in agreement with the republican position on the slavery issue.
But not all ex-slaves joined the Republican Party. A small number of them organized and linked arms with democrats. And these black democrat leaders helped fulfill the Ku Klux Klan’s agenda.
Frederick Douglass Denounced Black Democrat leaders
When the Civil War ended, the Klan attacked ex-slaves to keep them as close to servitude as possible. They also tried to suppress black voter turnout, or force them to vote for democrats.
And during that time, the U.S. Congress conducted extensive investigations into Klan interference in congressional elections. And congressional records reveal that the Klan received help from black democrats.
The alliance between black democrats and the Klan didn’t sit well with black republicans. The cruelty of their experience in slavery was still fresh in their minds. Therefore, black republicans had very harsh feelings towards their democrat neighbors.
“I’ve never heard of an instance of a white democrat or a black traitor being punished by these parties in disguise (the Klan),” said Robert Gleed, a black republican supporter from Mississippi who appeared before the Joint Congressional Committee. “We don’t consider a black person a democrat, we just call them traitors.”
During his speech at the Republican National Convention in Chicago on June 19, 1888, Frederick Douglass didn’t have anything nice to say about black democrat leaders either.
“I have one word to say of the leaders of the Mugwump Party,” Douglass said. “They say they see no difference between the position of the Republican Party and that of the Democrat Party. The Democrat Party was faithful to the slaveholding class during the existence of slavery. It gave them all the encouragement that it possibly could…and I believe the Republican Party will prove itself equally faithful to its friends, those friends with black faces…”
“The Mugwump Party” was a very unflattering term black republicans used to describe black democrats that were trying to get more support for the democrats.
During Gleed’s testimony, he recalled an incident in which two black republicans named McCauley and Cook were delivered to the Klan by a black democrat.
“They were two strong republicans, both of them. And they got ’em. The man was Perk Blewitt (the democrat).
According to Gleed, Blewitt fled to New Orleans after the incident.
On December 21, 1876, another black republican named Jabez Price, of Barnwell County , South Carolina , told the committee about an incident in which a group of armed Klansmen marched him to a guardhouse at an old mill. They held him there, for three days, without food or water. They were accompanied by a black democrat named Sam Chambers, who helped hold Price in the guardhouse.
When Price refused to join them, they decided to kill him. But a county doctor arrived and pleaded with the Klansmen not to kill Price.
“He begged them to let me loose,” Price said. “I went home when they let me loose. But they found me at my sister’s house and told me to get out of Barnwell County before the election.”
Why Did They Help the Klan?
Black republicans didn’t believe the claims their democrat neighbors made about the GOP for obvious reasons. And the republicans knew about the lifestyle the democrats had when they lived on the plantations.
In “Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama ,” by Walter Lynwood Fleming, Fleming documents that some blacks supported the Klan because they lived a good life compared to field slaves. But this was only while slavery existed. So they wanted their old lives back.
“This is especially true of the house-servant class and those who owned property,” Fleming writes. “One negro, in accounting for himself, said ‘Honestly, I love my race, but the way the colored people have taken a stand against the white people…will not do.”
“There were some who were forced to vote democrat and those who did so for money,” said Louisiana ‘s Republican Lieutenant Governor Oscar J. Dunn, the first elected black lieutenant governor in the country. Dunn’s comments are found in his congressional testimony.
The black Klan supporters were more honest about their reasons when they were called to testify before the joint congressional committee. And their testimony only confirmed what their republican neighbors already knew.
Adam Kirk, a black democrat from Chambers County , Alabama , was asked why he belonged to “the white man’s party” and he said, “I was raised in the house of old man Billy Kirk. Everything I have is by his aid and assistance.”
When asked why he helped the Klan, Richard Faulkner, a black democrat from Natchitoches Parish in Louisiana said, “To put it in a common way…it’s the white man’s country.”
And when Kirk was asked about the white republicans that emancipated him he said, “They know that we’re just a parcel of poor ignorant people. And I think it’s wrong for them (white republicans) to take advantage of a poor, ignorant person.”
The House-Negro Class of the 21st Century
Fleming’s description of the 19th century house-negro class is also a perfect description of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. And we see the similarities through their support of Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood’s connection to the Ku Klux Klan is very well documented. During a Klan meeting in 1926, Margaret Sanger-founder of Planned Parenthood-announced the creation of the Negro Project. And the goal of the project is to severely restrict the growth of the black population. Or exterminate the black race, if possible.
Needless to say, Sanger’s announcement was well received by the Klan. And today, Planned Parenthood has most of its facilities and minority neighborhoods.
And the goal of Planned Parenthood is no secret to today’s black democrat leaders. In 1975, Jesse Jackson called for a constitutional amendment to ban abortion. In January of 1977, Jackson referred to abortion as “black genocide.”
But after winning 450 delegates during his 1984 presidential campaign, Jackson discovered that the Planned Parenthood would support him, in 1988, if he agreed to support abortions in the black community.
Jackson agreed. And with the help of Planned Parenthood, Jackson mounted a very impressive presidential campaign.
According to www.klanparenthood.com , the abortion industry has reduced the growth of America ‘s black population by 25 percent, since 1973. And the National Black Catholic Congress says the same thing at www.nbccongress.org .
And Al Sharpton has followed in Jackson ‘s footsteps. Sharpton received financial support from Planned Parenthood for his presidential campaign in 2004. And now, Sharpton is a vigorous defender of abortions in the black community.
Planned Parenthood, and their supporters, also donated millions to the Barak Obama’s campaign.
They Believe in Black Inferiority
Another reason why ex-slaves supported the Klan is just as troubling. During the congressional hearings, Kirk referred to himself, and all other blacks, as “poor and ignorant.” In his mind, black people cannot survive without the help of white people.
Deep within the hearts of black democrat leaders, like Barak Obama, sits an unshakeable belief that black people truly are inferior to white people. It’s something they’ll never say in front of other black people, much like their 19th century counterparts.
They don’t believe that blacks, in general, have the inner strength or intelligence to take care of themselves, their families, or achieve great things. And they don’t believe that blacks are capable of meeting high moral standards.
During a radio interview on the subject of responsibility in the black community in 1995, Obama expressed the same belief as Kirk and places the responsibility of black children on rich white people.
“I really want to emphasize responsibility,” Obama said. “A white CEO living in the suburbs doesn’t want to pay taxes so inner city children can go to school.”
And to point out any failure within the black community, when they can’t do any better, is absolutely unreasonable. Or in other words, racist. And that’s what Adam Kirk would say, today, about the white republicans that emancipated him.
There was no debate about whether African-Americans should follow black democrat leaders during the Reconstruction era. And a close look at Jesse Jackson’s 19th century counterparts brings a lot more clarity to the debate today.
And it also shows the truth of Ecclesiastes 1:9: “The thing that hath been, is that which shall be…and there’s no new thing under the sun.”
Resources: “Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas after Reconstruction” by Neil Irvin Painter
Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama ” by Walter Lynwood Fleming
Report and Testimony by the United States Congress Joint Select Committee on the Condition of Affairs in Late Insurrectionary States: pages 727-728
Miscellaneous Documents of the Senate of the United States for the 2nd Session of the 44th Congress 1877