- - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I am inclined to think that Black History Month should be cut back to two weeks since only half the history is being told. So far those calling for a “dialogue” on race seem to prefer a monologue based on a false narrative.

Racism in America has been the most enduring blemish on the national fabric. The words of equality contained in our founding documents were moral aspirations, not policy. Emancipation freed black Americans from bondage, but without the benefits of freedom. They were subsequently segregated from all others in a place of lower status, where they continued to suffer depravations of all kinds: education, housing, health care, jobs and access to upward mobility.

As if denial of equality was not enough, segregated blacks were subjected to mockery, intimidation and the terror of the Ku Klux Klan. They were legislated against by the infamous Black Codes, Jim Crow laws and poll taxes. The Supreme Court denied their very citizenship in the Dred Scott Decision.

When segregation was declared illegal, blacks were already systematically confined to ghettos in America’s urban centers, often suffering the same depravations they suffered as slaves and segregated citizens. Oppression of ghettoized black Americans continues to be an open wound to this day.

What is the common thread that can explain this long, sad history? It is quite simple. It is all the legacy of the Democratic Party. We have periodically seen the black community rise in frustration and in anger over policies of prejudice and oppression in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and St. Louis. It is no coincidence that all these ghettoized cities are dominated by Democratic “machines.” Despite lip service rhetoric, the Democratic narrative of racial beneficence is a fraud. The Democratic Party ruled exclusively over slavery, segregation, the Black Codes, Jim Crow, Dred Scott, the Ku Klux Klan and ghettoization, and it continues to rule over the oppressive “economic plantations” in urban America.

The first sentence of the Democratic National Committee’s history on its official website reads: “For more than 200 years, our party as led the fight for civil rights ” It is as an audacious a lie as one can imagine and history can so easily discredit it. Rarely has a lie been so big or so widely believed. We cannot complete the journey to post-racism without considering racism’s true causes.

LARRY P. HORIST

Boca Raton, Fla.

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