by Doug Ross
During the first two-thirds of the 20th century, The Ku Klux Klan served as “the terrorist wing of the Democrat Party.” The Ku Klux Klan was established by the Democrat Party. The Ku Klux Klan murdered thousands of Republicans -— African-Americans, Catholics and Jews — in the years following the Civil War.
The Republican Party and a Republican President, Ulysses S. Grant, crushed the KKK with The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. The Klan was resurrected during the administration of Democrat Woodrow Wilson, an avowed white supremacist. In the White House, Wilson screened the blockbuster film The Birth of a Nation, which was notorious for “promoting white supremacy and positively portraying the ‘knights’ of the Ku Klux Klan as heroes.” The film inspired a new generation of Klansmen, complete with burning crosses, white sheets and an ideology based upon race supremacy. As recently as the seventies, the Klan was still utilizing the film to recruit new members.
The KKK soon became such a driving force within the Democrat Party that the 1924 Democrat National Convention was known as “the Klanbake”. In 1937 Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed a former member of the Klan, Senator Hugo Black (D-AL), to the Supreme Court. In the fifties and sixties, members of the KKK who fought the civil rights movement were uniformly Democrats. Infamous police commissioner Bull Connor not only attacked protesters with fire hoses, dogs and clubs, but served as both a KKK member and a committeeman for the Democrat Party.
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