By Margi Hawks: "If we are intent on removing all symbols of the Southern plague perhaps we should get rid of the Democrat Party. My great, great grandmother, supposedly, was a second cousin of Andrew Jackson. That gave me a sense of pride until I visited his home, the Hermitage in Nashville, where I saw in back of the palatial southern mansion the row of shacks where he housed his slave laborers.
"My family and their entire church congregation left large plantations which they pioneered in the beautiful blue grass area of Kentucky after it’s admission to the Union as a slave state. As founders of Xenia, Ohio they began all over again clearing woods and building homes with places to hide those travelling the Underground Railroad. Just five miles away stands Wilberforce College now a University, the first black owned college in the nation.
"Andrew Jackson was the first President elected on the newly created pro-slavery Democrat Party ticket in 1828. You can read online about Jackson’s anger because he thought John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay conspired against him causing him to lose the 1824 election. Adams lost the next election to Jackson but returned as a United States congressman for 17 years where his was a “thorn in the side” of Democrats for his constant petition to emancipate slaves. David Barton of Wallbuilders.com has collected a sizeable library of primary and secondary sources printed before 1800. I was able to see some of these original writings of this Bible believing statesman while on a cruise featuring David Barton (I suggest you search his website). Search “John Quincy Adams” and scroll to the documents on Adams--- the Abolitionist to see what a remarkable man of faith he was and the passion he had for his cause.
"We might bring the case against the Democrat party into the 20th century with ardent pro-slavery Democrat, Woodrow Wilson, who introduced segregation and the “separate” and (anything but) “equal accommodations” of the Jim Crow laws; I experienced them living up close and personal in the Deep South for five years in the early 1950's. Those laws would bear investigation online (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Crow_laws). I could not believe the inhumanity to man by the Democratic controlled South.
"I witnessed the turbulent period between the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision and 1964 when finally, after much upheaval, Democrats agreed to passage of a Civil Rights Act after spurning several previous attempts. Almost immediately Democrat President, Lyndon B. Johnson, introduced the War on Poverty which has destroyed the inner city family, plaguing the streets with gang violence and drugs. Now still--- after over 50 years and trillions of dollars--- little has been done to relieve poverty in urban areas. Verbal lynchings by Democrats have replaced the former physical ones on people of color who have escaped the "Government Plantation" and become respected contributing members of society. Men and women aiming for political positions on the Right are called Oreos, Uncle Tom, Sambo, Uncle Remus, and traitors who are not "down for the cause." And just what is the Democrat cause?
"It seems to me Democrats have inflicted and are continuing to inflict people of color with far more damage than the Confederate flag! What good have their promises done for these they claim to care about?
"It would be difficult to abolish the Democrat Party but perhaps we could demand that Democrat Andrew Jackson’s visage be removed from the $20 bill instead of Alexander Hamilton from his bill. For replacement I vote for Harriet Tubman or Frederick Douglass who both escaped the clutches of Democrat slave owners."
By Margi Hawks; Liberty, Missouri
By Margi Hawks; Liberty, Missouri
Mrs. Hawks adds Links here:
Newly created pro-slavery Democrat Party ticket in 1828: http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/03/the-origin-of-the-american-democratic-party/
Jim Crow laws: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Crow_laws
Brown vs. Board of Education: http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=87