Monday, January 19, 2015

In Honor of Martin Luther King's Birthday.

Dr. Martin Luther King: great American... and, dare I say, a Republican?

Democrat president Lyndon Johnson... not so much?
"These Negroes, they're getting pretty uppity these days and that's a problem for us since they've got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we've got to do something about this, we've got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference... I'll have them niggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years".

In Flawed Giant, Johnson biographer Robert Dallek writes that Johnson explained his decision to nominate Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court rather than a less famous black judge by saying, “when I appoint a nigger to the bench, I want everybody to know he’s a nigger.”

According to Caro, Robert Parker, Johnson’s sometime chauffer, described in his memoir Capitol Hill in Black and White a moment when Johnson asked Parker whether he’d prefer to be referred to by his name rather than “boy,” “nigger” or “chief.” When Parker said he would, Johnson grew angry and said, “As long as you are black, and you’re gonna be black till the day you die, no one’s gonna call you by your goddamn name. So no matter what you are called, nigger, you just let it roll off your back like water, and you’ll make it. Just pretend you’re a goddamn piece of furniture."
I mention this because our local white bread democrats lionize the man, posting this sort of thing:

Except for wasting hundreds of billions, that "phony war" has availed us nothing.

Meanwhile, I wonder what we'd be hearing if a Republican... say, an Eisenhower or a Bush... had said the quotes I provided above?

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