"I always love how any time some famous civil rights leader is honored, like we do today with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Republicans fall all over themselves trying to proclaim that they’re a party which staunchly supports civil rights both now and historically.

A claim which, of course, is ludicrous.

Just because long ago most southerners were Democrats (back when many Democrats were racists) doesn’t suddenly mean that Republicans were this party for civil rights and equality. Especially when you factor in logic, reality and what’s commonly known as the “Southern Strategy.”

You know, when the Republican party recognized that African-Americans were voting for Democrats, so in a strategy to lure white voters to the GOP they used racism to drive white voters toward the Republican party. Because “blacks are voting for Democrats and southern whites sure don’t want to vote for the party that black people vote for, right? Right?!“"

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