No Mo’ White Guilt:Republicans and Civil Rights

1. 1854 The Republican Party is formed to stop the spread of slavery and polygamy.

2. 1854 GOP opposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act; an Act to spread the institution of slavery.

3. 1861 Abraham Lincoln was elected as the first Republican President.

4. 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation to free all slaves.

5. Republican congress passes and ratifies the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolishes slavery in the U.S. forever.

6. 1866 Republican Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1866 to protect the rights of newly freed slaves.

7. 1868 GOP Congress passes and ratifies the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, recognizing the right of newly freed slaves to be U.S. citizens.

8. 1870 Republican Congress passes and ratifies the 15th Amendment to the U.S. constitution, which recognizes the Right to Vote for former slaves and citizens.

9. 1871 Republican Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1871, aka the Anti-KKK Act to abolish the Ku Klux Klan.

10. 1875 Republican Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which is the first anti-discrimination law in the U.S.A.

11. 1922 Republican Leonidas Dyer passes one of the first and only anti-lynching bills through the U.S. House of Representatives.

12. 1957 Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower passes through the Congress the first Civil Rights Law in 82 years, the Civil Rights Act of 1957 created a Commission on Civil Rights.

13. 1960 Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower passes the Civil rights Act of 1960, which sent Federal Inspectors to the Voter Registration polls.

14. 1964 83% of Republicans vote to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 anti-discrimination law, and only 63% of Democrats voted for the law.

15. 1969 Republican Richard Nixon begins the enforcement of Affirmative Action via the 1969 Philadelphia Plan that was crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher who became known as “the father of Affirmative Action.” The plan was initially merit-based and set the nation’s first goals and timetables, before the democrats turned it into an unfair quota system.

16. 1983 Republican president Ronald Reagan made Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday a National holiday. During his presidency, Reagan filed more civil rights lawsuits in education, housing, and voter discrimination than his predecessor President Jimmy Carter.

17. 2001-2008 Republican president George W. Bush appointed more blacks to high-level positions and spent more money on education, job training and healthcare for the poor and minorities than any president in American history.

18. 2011 Republican Congress votes to refund the D.C. school’s voucher program, which allows underprivileged minorities to attend top private schools in the area, after Democrat President Obama, Democrat Senate Majority Leader killed the funding of the program to appease their Union donors.

19. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican.
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