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Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Democrats are the party of oppression. Here is an exclamation point!

Great Black Patriots in the House of Representatives

authored by Juliette Ochieng aka baldilocks


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Eastern African

Means "born when the sun shines", derived from Luo chieng meaning "sun".

Ochieng is a very good name in Kenya!

What better writer to "shed some light" on racial devisiveness? Democrats were the party of racial hatreds and segregation, they fought to save Jim Crow laws for many decades and now have put in place a system that keeps many black, hispanic, white, asian or whatever inner city kids uneducated and inner city people in general impoverished and used to a small entitlement from the government just by existing. This is counterproductive to them and to our country. Too many people being wasted, too many people with no belief that they can accomplish anything worthwhile, too many people without the tools to better their lives.

You don't give someone a fish, you teach them how to fish. Democrats prefer to simply give out fish and fight to prevent anyone from teaching fishing. We will not see the ghetto disappear until we have vouchers that allow parents to send their kids to any school rather than being forced to go to the nearest one...even if it is a Christian school or a Catholic School or a Mormon school or a Communist school or a Muslim School. When vouchers are isssued, some schools may require an additional payment in order for the child to attend. Parents will decide. Some schools may be farther away and the parents will have to provide transportation. Parents will decide. Education can help the poor break out of the poverty cycle. Welfare checks tend to keep people locked into poverty.

Now here is the article:

UPDATE (4/4/2010): Welcome Instapundit readers and...Happy Resurrection Day!

In the immediate aftermath of the American Civil War and during what is known as the Reconstruction period, sixteen black American men—several of them former slaves--served in the US House of Representatives with most being from states of the former Confederacy. All were quite literate and some were self-educated. What is certain is that these men saw hardship and racism that most of us 21st century brats of all colors cannot begin to conjure.

What is also certain is that each of these men were Republicans and for a very good reason: the Democrat Party of that time was the self-described Party of Slavery and remained the Party of Black Oppression long after. (Arguably, this legacy continues.)

Linked here are the fascinating biographies of each congressman and some of the speeches the men gave during the debates for the Civil Rights Act of 1871—also known as the Ku Klux Klan Act—and the Civil Rights Act of 1875.

The site linked is called Neglected Voices and the voices of these men have indeed been neglected but the title is so…weak. These men were anything but weak, hence the title of this post. I’m sure, however, that they’ve been spinning in their graves of late at the words and deeds of those for whom they set precedent.

These men didn’t have to invent tales of racial epithets hurled or of racial violence; such were their constant companions throughout their lives. Yet they did more than muddle through life, they soared. These were real men, not victims; our current crop of representatives looks microscopic next to them

At any rate, here’s an excerpt of a speech from Richard H. Cain (pdf), in which he contradicts overt assertions by his white colleagues regarding the black race’s alleged inferiority:

"Mr. Speaker, the gentleman states that during the struggle for freedom four millions of negroes lifted no hand to liberate themselves; that no stroke was made by them to deliver themselves from their thralldom; yet a few moments afterward he makes the statement that their kind-heartedness prevented them from rising up and destroying the wives and children of the rebel soldiers who were at the front. I accept the admission. Sir, there dwells in the black man's heart too much nobleness and too much charity to strike down helpless women and children when he has a chance to do so. No; though the liberty of our race was dear to us, we would not purchase it at such a dastard price as the slaying of helpless women and children, while their husbands and fathers were away. I would scorn the men of my race forever if they had lifted their hands at such a period as that against helpless women and children, who were waiting in silent anxiety the return of their natural and lawful protectors. Our strong black arms might have destroyed every vestige of their homes; our torches might have kindled a fire that would have lighted up the whole South, so that every southern man fighting in the army would have hastened back to find his home in ashes. But our race had such nobleness of heart as to forbear in an hour [of] such extremity, and leave those men their wives and children.

Sir, I mean no disrespect to the gentleman, but I think the facts will bear me out in the statement that on every occasion on the battlefield where the black man met the white man of the South there was no flinching, no turning back, on the part of the black man. He bravely accepted his part in the struggle for liberty or death.

The gentleman says he still looks upon the whites as the superior race. That may be the case in some respects; but, sir, if they educated us they certainly should not find fault with us if we follow out what they have taught, and show ourselves obedient servants.

But, Mr. Speaker, there is another point. The gentleman states that we would make no movement to achieve our liberty. Why, sir, the education which those gentlemen gave the southern slaves was of a peculiar kind. What schoolhouse in all the South was open to the colored race? Point to one. Name the academy where you educated black men and black women as lawyers or doctors, or in any other department of science or art. Point out the county. Give us the name of the district. Tell the name of the school commissioner. Name the teacher. I will name one. Her name was Missa Douglas. And for the attempt to educate those of our race she was incarcerated in prison, and remained there for five years. That is the only instance, so far as I remember, of the education of the colored people of the South.

Examine the laws of the south, and you will find that it was a penal offense for any one to educate the colored people there. Yet these gentlemen come here and upbraid us with our ignorance and our stupidity. Yet you robbed us for two hundred years. During all that time we toiled for you. We have raised your cotton, your rice, your corn. We have attended your wives and your children. We have made wealth for your support and your education, while we were slaves, toiling without pay, without the means of education, and hardly of sustenance. And yet you upbraid us for being ignorant; call us a horde of barbarians!


Tell us of our ignorance--the ignorance of the colored race! Why, Mr. Speaker, it appears to me to be presumption on the part of the gentleman to state that we--we whom they have wronged, whom they have outraged, whom they have robbed, whose sweat and toil they have had the benefit of for two hundred years; whose labor, whose wives, whose children, have been at their beck and call--I say it ill-becomes them to taunt us now with our barbarism and our ignorance. Sir, if he will open to us the schoolhouse, give us some chance, we would not have to measure arms with him now. But even now, Mr. Speaker, although there is such disparity between us and him so far as relates to education and resources, even now we fear not a comparison in the condition of education in the last eight years between the whites and the blacks of North Carolina.

The gentleman, moreover, states that the reason why they did not educate the colored race was that the colored man was not ready. Not ready, Mr. Speaker; if I had that gentleman upon the floor, with my foot upon his neck, and holding a lash over him, with his hands tied, with him bound hand and foot, would he expect that I should boast over him and tell him "You are a coward, you are a traitor, because you do not resist me?" Would he expect me to tell him that when I had him down under my foot, with his hands tied and the lash in my hand lashing his back? Would he tell me that, in conscience, I would be doing justice to him? On, no, no! And yet such was the condition in which he had my race. Why, sir, the whipping-post, the thumb-screw, and the lash, were the great means of education in the South. These were the schoolhouses, these were the academies, these were the great instruments of education, of which the gentleman boasts, for the purpose of bringing these barbarians into civilization. [Applause.] When men boast, they ought to have something to boast of. When I boast, Mr. Speaker, I shall boast of some noble deed. I will boast not of the wrongs inflicted upon the weak; I will boast not of the outrages inflicted upon the indigent; I will not boast, Mr. Speaker, of lashing the weak and trampling under foot any class of people who ought to have my sympathy, nor will I reproach them for being ignorant, when they have been kept away from every means to educate them. "

Ironic how so many so-called proud black persons disdain education today. It is easy to see why the stories of such men are left out of the NEA-approved lesson plans--and easy to see why they should be re-remembered.


There are excuses for your ignorance if you thought Democrats were the party of freedom and equality. They say that they are and their liberal media friends and their ideologically aligned academics say that they are. History has a different story. What the Democrats have done speaks far louder than their lying words!

The party of Robert Byrd, former KKK member (at least he says former) does not love people of color, they USE them. I am humbled by the words of Richard Cain, a man who had every right to have hatred in his heart and yet a man who tried his best to educate the ignorant and to factually lay out the argument that the black man was not only not inferior but was to be admired for his behavior during the Civil War and was lacking only education rather than ability.

If you are a person of color, I admonish you to leave the company of men like Louis Farrakhan or Jeremiah Wright and people of their ilk. They seek to stir up racial hatreds rather than to promote national understanding between all peoples. Returning hate for hate and ignorance for ignorance? You reap what you sow. What the people of the inner cities need is a good education and a belief that they can better their lives by working and thinking creatively. Initiative plus effort equals success! We have no right to happiness, we have the right to pursue happiness!


Hawkeye® said...

Another excellent article. Keep up the good work!

(:D) Best regards...

baldilocks said...

Thanks for the link. My full name is Juliette Akinyi Ochieng. I have my father's name because I was born in the USA.

And thanks for promoting cultural awareness.

radar said...


I had your blog linked back before I switched to the new blogger style and somehow forgot to put it back up until this discussion and an article from RedState set off my "DUH" meter and back you are!

radar said...


Gender: Feminine

Usage: Eastern African
Means "born in the morning" in Luo


Gender: Feminine

Usage: French

Pronounced: zhoo-lee-ET [key]
French diminutive of JULIE a form of...


Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, German, Scandinavian, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Finnish, Ancient Roman, Biblical

Pronounced: JOO-lee-ə (English), YOO-lee-ah (German), HOO-lyah (Spanish), YUWL-yah (Polish) [key]
Feminine form of JULIUS. A person by this name has a brief mention in the New Testament. It was borne by a few early saints and martyrs, including the patron saint of Corsica. Shakespeare used the name in his comedy 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594). It has been common as a given name in the English-speaking world only since the 18th century.

radar said...

One more thing. Those early black leaders, risen from slavery and oppression, surrounded by hatreds and carpetbaggers and the blight brought on by warfare, disease and greed? Some of the very bravest and noble Americans in our history and sadly largely unknown. I do hope you follow the links on Juliette's post and read on about these men. If you love freedom and America it will make your day!

Chaos Engineer said...

Well, in defense of the Democrats, they did eventually come to understand that racism was wrong and they tried to make amends for their crimes. The turning point was probably the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, about which President Johnson said that the Democratic Party had "lost the South for a generation".

Racists abandoned the Democratic Party in droves, and soon found that the Republican Party was happy to exploit their ignorance to gain votes via the infamous Southern strategy. (This isn't to say that the Republican Party is racist as's just that they'll engage in a certain amount of pandering to try to trick racists into voting for them.)

But this has been backfiring in recent elections. I think history will say that things started to go seriously bad for the Republican Party during the debate over the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. Basically the Republican Party had been doing reasonably well among Hispanic voters, but then a lot of Hispanics were alienated by the vile rhetoric that accompanied the debate on the bill...not from Republicans in Congress, but from their loud-mouthed supporters on the Internet and talk radio.

So right now the Republican Party is locked in an internal struggle to try and figure out what it stands for. Will the sensible Conservatives be able to prevail over the racist Know-Nothings? Only time will tell!

I do think that the Republican Party can recapture some minority votes, but it's not going to do it be shrieking about how bad the Democrats were 50 years ago. It needs to start offering something positive.

The school vouchers thing is a good idea, but they have to be careful how it's implemented. If the vouchers are too small to cover the full cost of a good private school, then they wind up being just another give-away to the rich. Magnet schools and heavily-regulated charter schools might be a better way to go.