I have been aware of the racist history of the Democratic Party for many years, after reading about the racist history of gun control some years ago. By controlling who could get guns, and who could not, Democrats hoped to be able to control who votes, and who does not. In North Carolina, the infamous permit to purchase a handgun was just such a measure. The permit, which cost $5.00, required the local Sheriff to determine who was of good character, and thus deserving of the right to purchase a handgun. Naturally, if a person was a white, tax paying citizen, a permit was easily granted. But if you were a...what is the term of art these days? A person "of color" or what is now called "white trash," itself a racist term, you were denied. Not that it actually kept anyone from obtaining a gun. Gun control never prevents crime.
Kimberly Bloom Jackson has written a piece for American Thinker that covers some of this history that was new to me. She points out that you must go to original sources to find this material, as the history has been erased from the textbooks. Indeed, the Democratic party, so proud of their history, has erased it from their own telling of facts, lest, I suppose, someone might read it and start asking embarrasing questions. You can find it at the American Thinker entitled The Secret Racist History of the Democratic Party
Now, if you showed this to your Democratic friends, most of them would say something like "Well, that was then, but now we are all for civil rights, for everybody (except maybe those intolerant Christian bigots). But you Republicans hate everybody." Yes, I have had this conversation, They deny it up and down, then change the subject. But without this history, in all its ugliness, neither a person, nor a party, can have that cathartic soul searching that leads to repentance and a change of heart. In their haste to cover it up, one suspects they have not changed their minds, just cloaked themselves so as to appear as sheep rather than the wolves they are. If I were a black man, that is what I would be thinking.