Dixicrats And Dixicans

by Don Barbera


As much as American politics disgust me for its moral bankruptcy, lowest common denominator platforms and total lack of integrity, I will be voting Tuesday for Democratic presidential candidate, Al Gore. It won't be because Mr. Gore is offering a shining light and the end of what has always been a dark tunnel for people of color, it is because that of two evils, he is the lesser.

I'm sure that Gov. Bush is a loving father and probably a nice guy just like Vice-President Gore, but I am not voting for either man. I am voting for the party. I am voting for the party that at least shows signs pandering to minority communities and poor people. Unfortunately, I have a long memory and although I should be above political pettiness and spite-I'm.

I remember when the Southern Democrats walked out of the 1960 Democratic convention because there was to be a black delegation. They called them Dixiecrats then. That was when the Democratic Party boasted such great lights as Orville Faubus, George Wallace and, my all time favorite, Strom Thurmond. Known racists populated the Southern Democrats and consequently caused division in a party that was trying desperately to move into the 20th century.

Unable to impose their agenda upon a more moderate and progressive wing of the Democrats, these Dixicrats shifted to Republicanism and those Dixicrats are now Dixicans, doing the same thing as they did in the 1960, trying to stop progress, leaning to the ultra right and trying to find a way to force God and state together and returning us to the 1940's in the process.

They want the "good old days" when men were men and women were second-class. They want a return to that time when men, white men, ruled and blacks had not even achieved the level of second-class citizens. I have not forgotten who shifted from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. I have not forgotten who has voted against every piece of legislation that would give people of color and poor people a chance.

They are the Dixiecans. They wear new ng light and the end of what has always been a dark tunnel for people of color, it is because that of two evils, he is the lesser.

I'm sure that Gov. Bush is a loving father and probably a nice guy just like Vice-President Gore, but I am not voting for either man. I am voting for the party. I am voting for the party that at least shows signs pandering to minority communities and poor people. Unfortunately, I have a long memory and although I should be above political pettiness and spite-I'm.

I remember when the Southern Democrats walked out of the 1960 Democratic convention because there was to be a black delegation. They called them Dixiecrats then. That was when the Democratic Party boasted such great lights as Orville Faubus, George Wallace and, my all time favorite, Strom Thurmond. Known racists populated the Southern Democrats and consequently caused division in a party that was trying desperately to move into the 20th century.

Unable to impose their agenda upon a more moderate and progressive wing of the Democrats, these Dixicrats shifted to Republicanism and those Dixicrats are now Dixicans, doing the same thing as they did in the 1960, trying to stop progress, leaning to the ultra right and trying to find a way to force God and state together and returning us to the 1940's in the process.

They want the "good old days" when men were men and women were second-class. They want a return to that time when men, white men, ruled and blacks had not even achieved the level of second-class citizens. I have not forgotten who shifted from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. I have not forgotten who has voted against every piece of legislation that would give people of color and poor people a chance.

They are the Dixiecans. They wear new labels but the clothes are the same as those worn by the White Citizens Councils and the union secessionists. Gov. Bush may indeed be a good man, but I cannot stake my life with him because of the people who make up his party. I saw them keeping me out of school. I saw them making me come in the back door. I saw them turning up their noses at me. I saw them do many things, but most of all I saw them pretending that they didn't see that all Americans weren't treated equally, that not all Americans had the same inalienable rights, that not all Americans were free to enjoy the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.

When we all are equal, then and only then will I vote for the better man, but until that time comes, I must vote for the lesser of two evils. Sorry Governor Bush.


Dixicrats And Dixicans by Don Barbera

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