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Thursday, April 5, 2007

A Letter to the Nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court


YOUR HONOR

Please bear with me as this is my first time writing to you and to the other justices of the Court.

Please schedule Case Number is 06-1107 Wayne Perryman on Behalf of Himself and the African American Citizens of the United States v The Democratic National Committee for a full hearing.

If you look at the history section of the official website of the Democratic Party (www.democrats.org/a/party/history.html), in one paragraph it says: “In 1848 the National Convention established the Democratic National Committee, now the longest running political organization in the world. The Convention charged the DNC with the responsibility of promoting the Democratic cause between the conventions and preparing for the next convention.” The very next paragraph says: “As the 19th Century came to a close, the American electorate changed more and more rapidly….” We leave 1848 and timewarp to the late 19th Century? Why the 50-year gap in the Democratic Party’s history? Why did they leave out the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the many years afterward?

I’m sure you have heard the expression: “I was born at night, but not last night.” I feel that the Democratic Party purposely left out that part of its history because it has a legacy of support of slavery, Ku Klux Klan terror, lynchings, Black Codes, Jim Crow, etc. There are African Americans who call that the maafa, much like Jewish people call the Holocaust the shoah. Such history is what they would rather the African American population not to really know about at first glance if they want to keep majority African American support.

Rev. Perryman wrote a book called Unfounded Loyalty and did his homework in researching for the book. Understand that there was a time when Perryman was a loyal Democratic voter. He once thought that the Democratic Party did the most for Blacks. When asked exactly what did the Democrats do for Blacks, he was at a loss for words. He decided to find out. What he found was shocking to him.

Here are some quotes from his book:
· “Professor Allen Trelease, History Professor of the University of North Carolina and author of Reconstruction: The Great Experience, said: ‘The Democrats were everywhere the party of White supremacy. Most Southern whites never lost their outrage at the idea of Negro equality in general and the Negro voting and holding office in particular.’”
· “Professor John Hope Franklin (of Brooklyn College) wrote, ‘…the Democrats resorted to violence’ just to stay in power. ‘In some communities Negroes were forced to vote for Democrats….If Negro rule meant chaos and disorder to the Democrats, the mere threat of it was enough for the Democrats to resort to violence themselves. As early as 1866 when Southern whites had almost complete charge of Reconstruction, a kind of guerilla warfare was carried out against both blacks and whites who represented the Washington government in the South. These white Southerners, who were determined to guide their own destiny and control Negroes, struck with fury and rage.”
· “In 1871, several Southern blacks were interviewed regarding their voting preferences and the intimidation that they experienced at the polls. The interviews were documented by the Joint Select Committee to Inquire into Conditions of Affairs in the Late Insurrectionary States. The interviews became a part of Senate Report No. 579 in the 48th Congress.”
· “Professor Allen Trelease, author of Reconstruction: The Great Experience, said: ‘Klansmen in disguise rode through Negro neighborhoods at night warning Negroes either to cast Democratic ballots or stay away from the poll. The Klan also sent notices to Republican office holders, warning them of death and telling them to either resign or leave the vicinity. Similar notices went to active Republicans of both races and often to the teachers of Negro schools as well. Klan activities created a reign of terror in many localities and sometimes had the desired effect of demoralizing Negroes and Republicans…. Republicans of both races were threatened, beaten, shot, and murdered with impunity. In some areas Negroes stopped voting or voted the Democratic ticket as the Klan demanded.’ Trelease went on to say, ‘Democrats, by a king of tortured reasoning, sometimes accused Negroes and Republicans of attacking and even killing each other so that the crimes would be blamed on the Democrats; investigations usually revealed that the Democrats had committed the acts themselves.’”
· “Professor (John Hope) Franklin went on to say from his book entitled Reconstruction After the Civil War, ‘It was reported that in North Carolina the Klan was responsible for 260 outrages, including 7 murders and the whipping of 72 whites and 141 Negroes. In one county in South Carolina, 6 men were murdered and more than 300 were whipped during the first six months of 1870. The personal indignities inflicted upon individual whites and Negroes were so varied and so numerous as to defy classification or enumeration.’”
· “In his book, The Abolitionist Legacy, Professor James McPherson reported, ‘In 1873, Louisiana became almost a synonym for chaos and violence. When Grant sent federal troops to install Kellogg in office [as governor], Louisiana Democrats were infuriated. They formed White Leagues which attacked black and white Republicans and took scores of lives.’”
· “Professor Howard O. Lindsey, the author of A History of Black Americans, says, ‘Blacks and sympathetic whites were attacked and threatened. African Americans were discouraged from seeking elected office and even from trying to vote. Any and all means were used from threats to violence to outright murder.’”

Perryman says: “Modern-day Democrats must stop pretending that they were the party of black people and confess that it was their predecessors who started many of the racist practices that we are now trying to eradicate….Republicans laid the foundation for civil rights by passing legislation and instituting programs that Democrats were adamantly opposed to, such as:
1. The Thirteenth Amendment in 1865 to abolish slavery.
2. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 to give Negroes citizenship and protect freedman from Black Codes and other repressive legislation.
3. The First Reconstruction Act of 1867 to provide more efficient Government of the Rebel- or Democratic-controlled states.
4. The Fourteenth Amendment in 1868 to make all persons born in the United States citizens. Part of this Amendment specifically states ‘No State shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; or deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.’
5. The Fifteenth Amendment of 1870 to give the right to vote to every citizen.
6. The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 to stop Klan terrorists who terrorized black voters, Republicans, white teachers, who taught blacks, and Abolitionists.
7. The Civil Rights Act of 1875 to protect all citizens in their civil and legal rights and to prohibit racial discrimination in places of public accommodations.
8. Freedman’s Bureau (had) social programs established by Republicans to feed, protect, and educate the former slaves.
9. The 1957 Civil Rights Act and the 1960 Civil Rights Act were signed into law by President Eisenhower who also established the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in 1958, a commission that was rejected by Truman during his administration.
10. The 1964 Civil Rights Act, which key Republicans pushed law through while key Southern Democrats like Al Gore, Sr. debated against its passage. More Republicans voted for this law than Democrats.”

I read in several places that years ago the Republicans in Congress wanted an Anti-Lynching Bill. The Democrats opposed it. Why would they want to oppose murder? I have seen graphic photos of the lynching victims. One had 5 hanging from one tree. Space does not allow for the rest of the bloody history as well as the resistance to civil rights that the Democratic Party leaves out on that website.

I have a friend who used to be the liaison between the California Democratic Assembly and the Clinton White House. He also worked one of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns. At that he believed that the worst Democrat was better than the best Republican. The reason why, he thought that the Republican Party was the party of slavery, Ku Klux Klan terror, lynchings, Black Codes, Jim Crow, etc. I’m sure you can sympathize with him. However a Republican showed him some true history and he did some research on his own.

He discovered that that party he worked for and was loyal to was the real party of slavery, KKK, etc. He felt he was lied to. He immediately switched party affiliations, of course. Urban legends take a life of their own. I was told that a Black woman thought the Abraham Lincoln was a Democrat. I was even told that a Black woman in Illinois believed that for a Black person to vote Republican was illegal!

Your Honor, think of the implications if hundreds of thousands of younger Black voters, age 50 and younger, who also believe that Urban Legend. The Democratic Party never had reason to admit the truth nor to apologize publicly. As I showed, they are actively hiding the truth. They need the Black vote to stay in business. They do not want Blacks to know, as Perryman writes: “Prior to this time from 1866 to 1928, blacks voted exclusively for the Republican ticket.” He also wrote: “Many blacks would be surprised to learn that:
1. A number of black schools and colleges were actually started by and named after white Republicans and abolitionists.
2. The first black elected officials after the Civil War were Republicans and not Democrats.
3. The founding fathers of the NAACP were themselves white and were individuals who supported the Republicans’ efforts to assist African Americans.”

I even discovered that the “racist” Senator Barry Goldwater was a dues-paying member of the NAACP in Arizona. My mother forgave him after finding that out 40 years after his presidential campaign.

The Republican Party, as flawed at it is, is a victim of miscommunication and political deception. Many good White civil-rights and equal-rights Republicans have been immediately branded as “racists” in the minds of many Blacks. And many Black Republicans have been branded as “Uncle Tom’s” or “Sambo’s,” playing with the KKK and White supremacists. I can say there is Black voter “disenfranchisement by default” based on a false belief that Blacks have had about Republicans for years. It is not right that the Democratic Party hide the truth from Blacks. I have talked to Blacks, like an ex-girlfriend, who thought as my friend did that it was Republicans who owned slaves. It is only just that the Democratic Party make a public admission and an apology of its legacy of slavery, racist laws, and terror so that the Black voters can make a true choice based on facts and not on prejudice.

Please let there be a full hearing on the matter.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR KIND ATTENTION

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