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The Need to Explain

Henry_VlIl Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:43 AM
Can't we all goodly conservatives finally agree that it was primarily racism that moved Democrats in the south to the Republican party?
mhughes962 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 8:54 AM
No it was not. There are books written on the subject that show this. The FACT is that at the time the south switched to REPUBLICAN (Party of Lincoln) lots of poor rural white southerners kids were going to school and not returning to the traditional rural family trades. It was a change in socio-economic demographic of the south not the BOOGIE man that changed the voting habbits. The civil Rights Act of 64 was supported by majorities in both parties but had MORE republican support than Dem. Pretending you can read the minds of people from the past is silly and you have no evidence, I do. Btw bigotry is bigotry; saying all southerners are racist is the same as saying all blacks are dumb, you are demonizing a group based on race

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