Democrats and Black America in the Post-Reconstruction Period

The reaction of Democrats and other socialists to the election results is laughable. Actually, it’s sad. It’s sad to see people who are supposed to be grown (and in many cases, educated) adults, pouting and throwing tantrums like immature children who don’t get their way. These are the same people who were forecasting riots by Trump supporters if he lost the election. As it turns out, they are the ones committing the acts they predicted Trump supporters would commit. They are acting as if they never even considered the possibility that they would be on the losing side. And that’s not a mature, adult reaction. 

The modern Democrat party, in particular, has never been a friend to minority Americans – and particularly to Black Americans. It has always been their intent to gain and maintain power by any means necessary – when ‘necessary’. Witness their history after the Civil War during the post-Reconstruction period.

The first Black Members of Congress were elected after the passage of the 13th Amendment (ratified in December 1865), the 14th Amendment (ratified in 1868), and the 15th Amendment (ratified in February 1870). For a brief period, it appeared the nation had matured:

  • Senator Hiram Revels of Mississippi, who filled the seat vacated by Confederate President Jefferson Davis, was elected in January 1870
  • Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina – a former slave – was elected to the House of Representatives later in 1870
  • The second Black person to be elected to the US Senate was also from Mississippi – Blanche Bruce, another former slave, served from 1875 – 1881
  • John R. Lynch, a former slave, represented Mississippi in the House from 1873 – 1877, and again from 1882 – 1883

Sadly, as Democrats took over the former Confederate states during the post-Reconstruction period, they passed laws specifically designed to exclude Blacks (and most Republicans) from politics and most freedoms of American life. The result? The ultimate in voter suppression and the institution of ‘Jim Crow’ laws, or legal segregation.

They began at the state level, but did not stop there. Segregation policies at the federal level were implemented by President Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, who ignored the promises he had made to Blacks in order to get them to vote for him.

The Democrat take-over of the former Confederate states resulted in the systemic oppression of Blacks for the better part of a century. Here is a snapshot of the Democrats’ idea of “racial equality” in those former Confederate states:

  • South Carolina went from 1879 to 1993 before it was represented in the House of Representatives by a Black person
  • Mississippi didn’t elect another Black person to the US Congress until 1987 and has not had a Black Senator since 1881
  • Florida has never elected a Black Senator. Josiah Walls (a former slave), served in the House from 1871 – 1876. Florida elected no other Black Representatives until 1993.
  • Alabama has never elected a Black Senator. Alabama was represented in the House of Representatives by Benjamin Turner, a former slave, from 1871 – 1873; by James Rapier who served from 1873 – 1875; by Jeremiah Haralson, another former slave, from 1875 – 1877. The next time a Black person was elected was in 1993.
  • Georgia has never elected a Black Senator. Jefferson Long, a former slave, represented Georgia in the House of Representatives in 1871. The next Black American wasn’t elected until 1973.
  • Louisiana elected P. B. S. Pinchback – the first Black American to become governor of a U.S. state – to the U.S. Senate in 1872. Pinchback’s election was contested by Congress. The Democrats, who controlled the 45th Congress, prevented him from being seated. Louisiana has never elected another Black American to the U.S. Senate. Charles Nash represented Louisiana in the House of Representatives from 1875 – 1877. The next Black American elected to the House wasn’t elected until 1991.
  • Texas has never elected a Black Senator and elected its first Black American to the House of Representatives in 1973
  • Virginia has never elected a Black Senator. John Mercer Langston represented Virginia in the House of Representatives from 1890 – 1891. It was 102 years before the next Black American was elected to represent Virginia.
  • Arkansas has never been represented by a Black American in either house of the U.S. Congress.
  • Tennessee has never elected a Black Senator. Tennessee was first represented in the House by a Black American in 1975.
  • North Carolina has never elected a Black Senator. North Carolina was represented in the House by John Hyman, a former slave, from 1875 – 1877; by James O’Hara from 1883 – 1887; by Henry Cheatham, another former slave, from 1889 – 1893; and, by George H. White, a former slave, from 1897 – 1901. It took NC 91 years to elect another Black American to the Congress (1992)

Immediately after passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, it appeared racial equality had been born in America. As it turned out, that hope was not to be realized. So, what happened? In a word, Democrats.

The Democrat Party has never apologized for what they did to Black America. In fact, they doubled down on policies designed to have Blacks (actually, all Americans) become ever more dependent on government. Of course, they’re happiest when that government is controlled by them. As long as they could remain in power, they only needed to promise more and more stuff to the various “constituencies.” Then, they could stay in power indefinitely.

I have no illusions Democrats will ever put the well-being of individual Americans ahead of their need for power. My experience with Democrats is that they will continue to deny, deflect, and obfuscate the real truth of their actions. I’m One Black American who knows the truth. And in this case, the truth has set me free from believing in Democrats and their attempts to legally re-enslave the people of a nation founded on freedom.