In the politics of today, the Republican Party is often labeled as the party of bigotry. The Republicans are seen as racist and misogynistic. These labels are far from the truth. Throughout American history, it was in fact, the Democrats who were the racist and misogynistic bigots. From the Trail of Tears, the Ku Klux Klan, the Civil War, and Jim Crow laws, Democrats were behind them all. It may be true that things have changed to a certain degree in this modern age. However as people, we cannot simply put labels onto others, whenever we ourselves are, or have been guilty of those exact things.
Between the years, 1839 and 1850, the mass movement of Native Americans known today as the “Trail of Tears”, began. This movement forced nearly 125,000 natives from their land in order to secure land for the growing of crops, as well as territory for the livelihood of more Americans. Many did not feel that the Native Americans were civil people and thus viewed them as “sub-human”. Andrew Jackson had always been an advocate for this “Indian Removal”. When he was an Army general, he had lead brutal campaigns against multiple tribes across the states of Georgia, Alabama, and Florida and thus resulted in the transfer of hundreds of thousands of acres of land from Indian nations to American farmers. When Jackson became president, he only continued what he had started. Jackson was a Democrat. Not only was he a Democrat, but he was the first, for he was the founder of the party. He was a racist man, whom of which believed that the American people were entitled to land that the native Americans had owned. Today, the democrats enjoy calling the Republicans bigots, whenever their party’s founder, was a bigot towards the natives.
In 1861, the Civil War began. What led to this major conflict was growing political tensions within America. During this war, the Democratic South fought to sustain their way of life, and their states’ rights. Their way of life consisted of polygamy and slavery, which completely devalued women and blacks. If it were not for the Republican North, these awful practices would not have been abolished as soon as they were.
A major label that the Republicans are given is “racist”. Now, if I’m not mistaken, which party founded the Ku Klux Klan? How about Jim Crow laws? Oh and can’t forget “separate but equal”. Who founded each of these? It was indeed the Democrats. The Ku Klux Klan was a white supremacist group that was birthed from the southern Democrats. The Jim Crow laws were laws that prohibited blacks and whites from integrating amongst each other.
Another label commonly bestowed upon Republicans is “misogynistic”. It should be noted that it was Democratic President Woodrow Wilson opposed women’s right to vote. It was not until the 19th amendment was passed by the mainly Republican congress, forcing Woodrow Wilson to drop his opposition to women’s rights. For over 50 years, the democrats refused to bestow equal rights upon women.
It is so easy for someone to slap a label unto their opponents. However, it is absolutely stupid to put a label onto someone whenever you yourself are guilty of the action that the label represents. The Democrats need to understand their own hypocritical tendencies when it comes to labeling. This being said, do I believe all Democrats to be racist? Of course not. However, I want to shine light on the party that was founded and ran on the ideals of misogyny and bigotry.