Comments on political parties' civil rights record

Staff Writer
Kent Weeklies

I find it incredible that one political party is determined to remove, destroy or deface monuments with the apparent hope it will somehow erase history; and with further examination we can understand why.

Their checkered past brings to light several disturbing events. In 1920, after 52 years of Democratic Party opposition, the 19th amendment was passed by a republican-controlled Congress giving women the right to vote. This was passed, despite the fact that only 59% of House Democrats and 41% of Senate Democrats supported the amendment, and as well, over the objection of Democratic president Woodrow Wilson.

When Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic games he was snubbed by Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as he only invited white Olympians to the white house.

It was Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower who sent the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Arkansas to escort Black students into Little Rock Central High over the objection of Democratic Gov. Orval Roberts.

The Civil Rights Act of 1960 was filibustered by 18 Democrats for over 125 hours with the hope that it would fail. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 suffered the same filibuster by Democrats but passed by overwhelming support of Republicans.

It is interesting, that with all the removal for statues, nothing has been said about removing the statues of the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd who, in his early years, was a high ranking member of the KKK.

It is time to put American History back on the curriculum in our schools.

Peter Loal, Hudson