Are All Black Americans Aware that The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Exists?

CivilRightsby Patricia L. Dickson   6/27/14
When I learned of the deceitful campaign tactics used in securing Thad Cochran’s victory over Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel, I became enraged to the point of losing a good night’s sleep. My first reaction was disappointment and disbelief that a Republican senator would stoop to that level against another Republican. My anger soon turned to the black citizens of Mississippi.

The Cochran campaign along with the local Democrats, employed a campaign that sought to paint Chris McDaniel and the Tea Party as racist (nothing new for Democrats) with the intent to basically take away the rights of Black Mississippians (although there is no record of McDaniel or The Tea Party every making any such statements). Fliers were distributed with absurd claims such as: “Tea Party candidate McDaniel intends to prevent blacks from voting on Tuesday.” “Mississippi cannot and will not return to a bygone era of intimidating black Mississippians from voting.” How could anyone believe such nonsense? Have any of the black residents of Mississippi ever read The Voting Rights Act of 1965? No politician today would ever be taken seriously by anyone if he or she made such racist statements.

Democrat politicians have used all sorts of scare tactics about the alleged intent of the Republican Party in order to keep black Americans from straying. Because these tactics seem to be working, I have come to believe that maybe the majority of black Americans are not aware that The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was voted into law. Everything that the Democrats claim that Republicans intend to do to black Americans is outlawed in The Civil Rights Act. Are my fellow black Americans that uninformed that they can be so easily manipulated into thinking that their rights can be taken away by the election of one politician (i.e. McDaniel)?

I voted in my first presidential election in 1996. Before that election, I had not taken any interest in politics, history, or any other mature adult issue. Because I was in the military, I sensed that President Bill Clinton was not too fond of me and my fellow troops. That prompted me to get out a vote against him. After work, I went to my precinct and cast my vote for Mr. Dole. Later that evening, while I was in a convenient store, a group of black teenage boys came in. I heard them say that their parents told them if Bill Clinton did not get reelected, it would be the end of the black race. Another older black woman was also in the store and she agreed with the teenagers. I asked her how that was possible since the black race existed way before Bill Clinton was ever president. She didn’t have an answer to that. She also did not have an answer to what Bob Dole would do to eliminate the black race.

It infuriates me to witness how easily my fellow black Americans can be manipulated and used for political purposes and yet receive such small, if any, return for their support. Maybe it is time for some of the so-called black leaders and clergy to conduct some classes on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


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4 Responses to Are All Black Americans Aware that The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Exists?

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    One poster at American Thinker wrote:

    Until Black Americans realize that the cage has been unlocked and open for quite some time, they will never be free. Freedom is as much as state of mind as anything else. Even in the darkest days of slavery there were Negroes whose spirits soared. They were fed by the Word of God, not the poison of race-baiters. Black mommas were a force to be reckoned with and Black Churches raised the rafters with songs of praise. Again I refer readers to C.S. Lewis’ final tale of Narnia: The Last Battle in which the dwarfs are sitting in Paradise but don’t realize it because they refuse to open their eyes and look around. The children ask of Aslan “Isn’t there something we can do for them?” And Aslan answers “not until they open their eyes.”

    There is a spiritual void in the lives of black Americans. They have been led astray by liberalism. But they are not alone. The poison spewed from Democrats, the mainstream media, the entertainment culture, and the education system has done its job of creating indoctrinated and ignorant people, black or white, rich or poor.

    The identity of most blacks is as a victim. And for various reasons, they don’t want to let go of that. And this isn’t about voting Republican, per se, for the Establishment Republicans (which infect the party and hold a functioning majority) aren’t much better. Choose your poison, the evil of people who spew this racist nonsense to gain votes or the cowards and wimps (the Republican Establishment) who accept it without a word.

    There is, or at least should be, a higher authority than either Jesse Jackson or John Boehner to attend to. And as much as the Republican Party isn’t offering the answers right now, it’s not an inherently evil party. I can’t say the same thing for the Democrat Party.

    There is something more basic here to attend to than party politics. There is no fix to be found in party politics, on either side.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    It infuriates me to witness how easily my fellow black Americans can be manipulated and used for political purposes and yet receive such small, if any, return for their support.

    It would appear about half the population is in the same situation. The question is why over 90% of blacks let themselves be so used?

  3. Timothy Lane says:

    How apt, referring to The Last Battle. “The dwarfs are for the dwarfs.” And the blacks are for the blacks, the homosexuals are for the homosexuals, the Muslims are for the Muslims, etc. Identity-group politics works that way.

    As for Mississippi, it appears that one of Senile Thad’s puppeteers, Henry Barbour (nephew of Haley), hired a black female Democrat activist from Atlanta to run their GOTV operation in black areas. He pretty much gave her carte blanche, never looking at what she did. We can all recognize that as “plausible deniability”. Naturally, she did what Barbour knew she would: urged blacks to vote to keep the gravy train running, and to beat down the forces of racism (GOP grassroots voters).

    Politics ain’t beanbag, as Mr. Dooley reportedly observed (I’d like to get a collection of Dunne’s work, though reading it could be a trial at times). It would be extremely vile for a Republican to race-bait an intra-party foe (or for that matter a Democrat, except that nearly all of those deserve it in a turnabout sense). But the Mississippi race was dirty on both sides, such as the group of pro-McDaniel Tea Partiers who sneaked into Mrs. Cochran’s nursing-home room for some smear they wanted to do. But when Barbour allowed his consultant to smear not only the opponent but his voters, he forfeited the right to expect those voters to support his candidate in November (when the blacks he relied on will go back home to the Democrats). Just as Admiral Byng was shot after failing to rescue Port Mahon on Minorca in 1756, we need to get rid of Cochran (Childers, a relatively conservative Democrat who would be representing a very socially conservative state, would probably be little worse than Cochran) or else this will become the norm.

    As it happens, one of the Tea Partiers responsible for the intrusion on Mrs. Cochran apparently committed suicide today. In other words, he atoned for his guilt. Until Henry Barbour atones for his, there should be no forgiveness for Cochran, the Barbours — or ANY Republican leader who sees nothing wrong with what Barbour did. If slimy Harry Wormwood Reid retains his Majority Leadership, he should thank the disgusting Barbours for deliberating alienating their party’s grassroots voters.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Related to this general subject, Thomas Sowell has an interesting article today which is a review of Jason Riley’s book, Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.

    Sowell, Walter Williams, Allen West, and many other blacks have been singing this same tune. But the hurdles of getting beyond the somewhat paranoid beliefs of most blacks is huge. The racial grievance industry, including the Democrat Party, has established a mindset among many blacks that will be hard to overcome.

    But if the point is to help people, then this books sounds like a must-read. Sowell heaps praise on this book for being concise and clear. I look forward to reading it (at the very least the free Kindle sample portion of it). If someone else beats me to a review, all the better.

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