The NYT has published a Michael "Spock" Beschloss history lesson.
"Hi, black American, trying to make the country great - I'm the white guy out to screw you!"
This time, it's about Jackie Robinson's sad, wannabe-friendship with Richard Nixon, which Spock uses to explain why blacks haven't voted with Republicans since LBJ - white racism:
Although Presidents Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson championed what became the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Robinson quit his executive job at Chock Full o’Nuts that spring to campaign for Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York, a Republican, explaining that “we must work for a two-party system, as far as the Negro is concerned.”
But Republicans nominated Barry Goldwater, who opposed the 1964 legislation as unconstitutional. When Rockefeller denounced political extremism at the party’s San Francisco convention, Robinson, a “special delegate,” shouted, “C’mon, Rocky!” As Robinson recalled, an Alabama delegate “turned on me menacingly” before “his wife grabbed his arm and turned him back.”
Spoiling for a fight, Jackie cried, “Turn him loose, lady, turn him loose!” He later wrote with uncharacteristic overstatement that on leaving San Francisco, “I had a better understanding of how it must have felt to be a Jew in Hitler’s Germany.”
That fall, Robinson joined the 94 percent of the African-American electorate that backed President Johnson. (Since then, the percentage of the black vote for Democratic presidential nominees has never dipped below the low 80s.) In 1968, furious over Nixon’s courtship of Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who had once led the segregationist “Dixiecrats,” Jackie backed the Democratic nominee, Hubert Humphrey,…
He'd always tried to be friends, and whites seemed to like him - once he was dead.
It was the nomination of Barry Goldwater that got Martin Luther King to switch, too - he told others, as well.
We hear you - and see you - but have never done so passively.
A part of history conservatives don't want to dwell on as (appearing smart to racist whites by filling blacks with revulsion) they denounce us as "brainwashed" by Democrats to stay "on the plantation." Exactly the type of slavery-influenced words, memories, reminders, tactics, and racial strategies, that seem to tickle racists pink - but will keep blacks anywhere, but with the Republicans, for a long, long time to come.
No Ghetto Pass? No Hoes!
If, after their many years of betraying blacks, white Republican conservatives keep expecting us to go along with what they insist - instead of white Republican conservatives deciding to do what blacks need - there's no way this black/white thing will ever be able to end.
At least, not on TMR,…