A Letter to Mr. Herman Cain

admin | 11/30/2011, 12:10 p.m.

"You see," Cain says, "I left that Democrat plantation a long time ago, and I ain't goin' back, because Blacks are being brainwashed by the Democratic Party. Cain, perhaps we need to go through some historical facts about how Blacks have always voted their social, economic and political interest. It is well documented that Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of the United States, a Republican, freed the slaves through the Emancipation Proclamation in order to save the union. During reconstruction the 18th President Ulysses S. Grant also a republican, signed the Civil Rights Act of 1875, this provided some form of cover for southern Blacks or freedmen the term used for Blacks who formerly were slaves. As a matter of fact, Southern Democrats initiated the Jim Crow laws that included poll taxes, literacy and comprehension tests, residency and record-keeping requirements in order to make voting more restrictive for Blacks. However, when the 33rd President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the New Deal, he was supported by over 75 percent of eligible Black voterswho identified Republican at that time. Moreover, Democrat Harry Truman the 33rd President received over 80 percent of votes cast by Blacks who were still overwhelmingly Republican. Now in case you did not know, President Truman signed three executive orders which supported the movement for Black equality. By the time Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act and regulating interstate commerce so Blacks can travel freely on the highways, Blacks saw it in their interest to identify with Democratic candidates. So Cain at every critical political juncture facing Blacks, leading into the 21stCentury in America, Black folk voted their interest, not their party. Blacks brainwashed? I dont think so. By Henry CrespoMiami Times Contributor hcresposr@gmail.com