As Barack Obama's presidency comes to an end, let us consider what has happened and what will happen. First, why is it that liberals think they own the realm of civil rights? In truth, the first civil rights act was passed in 1866 and was OPPOSED by Democrats. See the PBS documentary on it here. In fact, the Democrats so opposed it that the Democrat president, Andrew Johnson vetoed it, and the Republican Congress had to overturn his veto. The 1866 Civil Rights Act in short 'granted citizenship and the same rights enjoyed by white citizens to all male persons in the United States "without distinction of race or color, or previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude."' It was the Democrats who then imposed the so-called Jim-Crow laws on black-Americans -- making them use separate bathrooms and such.
And also, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in case anyone thinks the Republicans of 1866 were different than the Republicans of today -- the vote on the original bill was counted as follows with yeas on the left and nays on the right side.
- Democratic Party: 152–96 (61–39%)
- Republican Party: 138–34 (80–20%)
And even on the final version of the bill, we see that the majority support for Civil Rights came from the Republicans.
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- Democratic Party: 153–91 (63–37%)
- Republican Party: 136–35 (80–20%)