Systemic Racism

The DNA of the Democratic Party

I would like to take issue with conservative commentators and politicians who deny or dismiss the existence of systemic racism. They are dangerously mistaken...

That said, the true irony lurking in the incessant claims of systemic racism that now preempt and corrode all public discourse on every conceivable issue resides not in the fact that it doesn't exist but in the fact that almost all of said claims arise from acolytes of a political party whose DNA is hopelessly infused with and utterly reliant on systemic racism to survive. From slavery to the KKK to Jim Crow to mass incarceration to broken families to failing schools to black-on-black crime to BLM and Critical Race Theory, absent the pernicious and cynical terror of systemic racism against people of color, the Democratic Party would suffocate and perish in a heartbeat.

Ironic also because the most consistent, enduring and unabated characteristic of any major political party anywhere in the world over the past two centuries has been and remains the Democratic party’s innate need to own or otherwise control the lives of black and brown people.

Even the most cursory examination of American history exposes the Democratic Party as the undisputed purveyor and champion of systemic racism:

  • Prior to the Civil War, the Democratic Party defended and enforced the institution of slavery while the Republican Party was formed in 1854 with the expressed purpose to abolish slavery and prevent its spread to the Western Territories. Towards the end of the war, the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery was vigorously opposed by Democrats in both the House and Senate. 

  • After Lincoln’s assassination (at the hands of a Democrat), Andrew Johnson (also a Democrat) and the Democrats in Congress opposed passage of the 14th and 15th Amendments and the Civil Rights Act of 1866 -- all unsuccessfully, but not for lack of effort.

  • Southern Democrats fought tooth and nail against Reconstruction, while the overwhelming majority of southern Republicans were, you guessed it, black. During Reconstruction, black Republicans elected more than 1500 black officials to local, state and federal office (by contrast, the first black Democrat didn’t appear in Congress until 1935).

  • The informal Compromise of 1877 -- in which southern Democrats promised to respect the nascent citizen and voting rights of blacks -- effectively ended Reconstruction. Not surprisingly, the withdrawal of Federal troops gave rise to immediate efforts by the same Democrats to institute black code laws designed to restrict black business and property ownership, ensure that black citizens remained unarmed and keep them away from voting booths. Of course, all of the above was brutally and lethally enforced by the Democratic Party over the next eight decades of Jim Crow segregation by their very own homegrown terrorist organization: the Ku Klux Klan. The KKK’s reign of terror in the Jim Crow South finally ended with passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but not before Democratic Senator and former “Exalted Cyclops” Robert Byrd’s failed 14-hour filibuster.

Though illustrative, the above chronology is far from complete, and apparently far from over as systemic racism continues to this day as the dominant currency of the Democratic Party.  Today’s blue cities -- many under Democratic Party control for generations -- offer stark witness to systemic racism designed to guarantee and enforce the fealty of black and brown Americans for generations to come.

To wit, the Democratic Party alone owns the two great civil rights issues of the 21st century: education and black-on-black violence -- both stellar examples of systemic racism at work.

Laws that condemn the poorest black and brown children in the poorest urban neighborhoods to the worst possible schools on behalf of Democratic Party proxies in the teacher’s unions constitute little more than an overtly racist and updated subset of black code laws designed to prevent people of color from escaping the generational poverty imposed and enforced by Democratic Party politicians for the past 150 years. These school systems -- all of which promote equity first and foremost in a professed but entirely disingenuous holy war against systemic racism and white supremacy -- are in fact systemically racist to the core. Those who would seek out and find Jim Crow 2.0 everywhere except in their own backyards would be well-advised to look no further than our largest inner-city school systems: by any measure, among the most cynical and segregated institutions in the country. That almost all of them are run by Democratic Party mayors with Democratic Party city councils and Democratic Party school boards flush with union cash goes without saying. The Democratic Party slumlords of the Congressional Black Caucus and corporate media race baiters have enriched themselves at the expense of their poorest constituents for decades. Clearly, they wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Black-on-black crime in major cities across the nation is another loathsome creation of the Democratic Party plantation masters. According to the CDC, more children of color have have been shot this year alone in Chicago’s systemically racist killing fields than have perished from Covid in the entire nation. Yet an equally loathsome Democratic Party mayor (there hasn’t been a Republican mayor in Chicago since 1931), her cohorts in a Democratic Party city council and a Democratic Party DA eschew all accountability and instead blame guns and faceless systemic racism for the carnage. They got the systemic racism part right but there’s nothing faceless about it: the faces (and the systemic racism) all belong to the Democratic Party, as always.

As for guns, it might be worthwhile to remind folks that gun control in this country owes its very existence to systemic racism…

By now it may come as no surprise to anyone with half a brain that systemically racist Democratic Party policies and shock troops have been confiscating the guns of law-abiding black people for the past two centuries (while only recently trying to extend the same courtesy to law-abiding, working class whites). Yet somehow the Democratic cities with the toughest gun laws always seem to be the cities with the highest gun crime rates. Nevertheless, shameless Democratic Party elites of all colors respond in predictable fashion by defunding the police in the poorest urban neighborhoods while stripping the black and brown Americans who live in them of their Second Amendment right to arm themselves in defense of their homes, families and civil liberties. Ever-entitled and wholly immune from the consequences of their own systemic racism, the rainbow coalition of Democratic Party elites surround themselves with private security details, fund the Capitol Police with billions of tax dollars to protect themselves and the People’s House from Chewbacca Man and sleep easy at night in gated communities.

Rinse, wash and repeat as the numbers of black and brown people murdered by other black and brown people skyrocket in blue cities nationwide. Not that the Democratic Party slumlords of the Congressional Black Caucus or the corporate media race baiters care enough to rise up and act. Again, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Just as predictably, blue-state Covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates continue to inflict the evil of systemic racism on urban communities of color — this time in the Carrollean name of anti-racist science. During Covid lockdowns in 2020, more than 500 mostly peaceful Black Lives Matter riots raised millions of dollars from mostly white Democratic Party elite on behalf of Democratic Party candidates — but terrorized and destroyed thousands of black and brown businesses in the poorest urban neighborhoods…

As of mid-August, about the same time Mayor “Putz” de Blasio announced the gleeful reopening of Gotham with his moronic “Key to NYC” vaccine mandate, only about 28% of blacks aged 18-44 were vaccinated — effectively hanging out the “No Colored Allowed” sign in every city restaurant and indoor entertainment venue…

With shock troops and mandates like these who needs the KKK and contoured sheets?

As the rightful heirs to the terrorist lynch mobs of the Ku Klux Klan, today’s Democratic Party is the elitist 21st-century successor to a 19th-century plantation mentality that remains vitally intact, invoked as needed without a hint of self-awareness by Democratic Party elites of all colors to justify modern black crow policies more overtly racist and deadly than anything ever dreamed up by notorious Democratic Party segregationists like Bull Connor, Orval Faubus and Robert Byrd.

Of course, the Democratic Party has a long institutional memory. And this time, the losers of the first Civil War — architects and defenders of slavery, Jim Crow, KKK lynchings, mass incarceration, 21st-century school segregation, broken black welfare families, open borders, black-on-black crime, gun control, Critical Race Theory and family planning policies that result in more black babies aborted than born each year in NYC — intend to win. This time they intend to keep black and brown people under the Democratic Party boot of systemic racism forever. They have no choice. It’s in their DNA. The Democratic Party cannot survive without it.