You're making up straw men. I never said republicans COULD not run, but they just did not. It's just history, JT. It's what happened. And it's obvious you really know nothing at all about the politics of the South. The complete domination of the democratic party in the South wasn't an accident. Here's a primer for you:And show me where and when they started allowing Republicans to run. It seems a strange to argue that the South didn't turn Republican on race issues because Republicans couldn't run in local elections.
That only helps the argument that White Racist Southerners remained hard core Democrats.
And what? I have no idea what your point is.Except that the Southern black voter turnout remained between 40-50% throughout the 20 years after the passage of the VRA. After a 10% jump in 1968 (when segregationist George Wallace won the deep south), the Southern black voter participation dropped back to 1964 rates by 1976. Southern black voter participation didn't start to climb steadily until 1980, 15 years after the passage of the VRA.
That's just partisan bs. You think the GOP holds the "voting public" you in high regard? If you do you're a bit naive.Championing the CRA doesn't mean he wasn't a racist. It is quite possible for someone to see blacks as inferior and still support their right to vote. Hell, with the general low view Democrat politicians have for the voting public, I'm sure Johnson's belief in the inferiority of the Black citizen was seen by him as a valuable asset for the Democrats.
Yes, it's possible to be racist and support their civil and human rights. LBJ pushed legislation for the latter. His attitudes are easily distinguishable from southern white elected leaders who were racists and opposed human and civil rights for blacks.
What's weird is you've got all this ammo against Democrats who pushed and voted for the CRA and VRA, and just don't ever mention the racists who supported Jim Crow.LBJ was a politician and like all politicians he did things he thought would get him more votes: "I’ll have those ni****s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” - Lyndon Baines Johnson
I'm tired of debating this. The people involved have described the strategy. It involved race but wasn't limited to race. But it was no accident that Reagan appeared in Philadelphia Miss and championed 'states rights' but didn't mention civil rights.My point is that no matter how racist the third hand remembrance of the Republican "Southern Strategy" was, there is no evidence that such a plan was ever employed or effective in swaying Southern White votes. The only place a Southern Strategy as described was actually implemented was by George Wallace running as the Independence Party candidate in 1968. The Southern White vote flipped to Republican during the Reagan era when the Republican party ran on a conservative platform of small government and tax reform, not states rights and VRA opposition of the "Southern Strategy".
And you really should read a bit about voting and parties in the South before you start debating the history of the parties in this area.