BENSON: "The Republican Party has carried the banner for authentic civil rights for more than 150 years, leading the charge on barring slavery, fighting lynching and achieving equality under the law -- with many Democrats fighting them at every turn."
Come on, Guy. I see willfully ignorant posters at TH make that basic argument over and over, but you're brighter than that. This is a conservative vs. liberal issue, not one of political parties, because parties shift their positions and membership bases over time. You know perfectly well that in the post-segregation South, a good many people shifted from the Democratic column to conservative Republican.
"Party of Lincoln"? Not anymore, pal. And blacks are well aware of that.