The case for an apology by the Louisiana Democrat Party (Sign the petition here)
History of the Louisiana Democrat Party and the Ku Klux Klan.
- July 30, 1866: New Orleans’s Democratic government ordered police to raid an integrated GOP meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150.
HarpWeek Commentary: Amphitheatrum Johnsonian â€“ Massacre of the Innocents at New Orleans â€“ July 30, 1866
This is one of the most important cartoons that Thomas Nast ever drew. He probably was influenced by Jean-LÃ©on GÃ©rÃ´meâ€™s 1859 painting “Ave Caesar”(now in the Yale University Art Gallery).
Andrew Johnson is shown as a Roman emperor impassively observing Mayor John Monroe (on the horse) leading the charge of his police against the black freedmen. Secretary of State William H. Seward leans over him, while Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles leans over the rail. The man in the Roman helmet and armor is General George Armstrong Custer, who accompanied Johnson on his “Swing Round the Circle” and at least once hurled invectives at hecklers. * 1868 Democratic presidential candidate Horatio Seymour is peering between the wall and the post at the top left.
* Source –Impeach-andrewjohnson.com
* Note – This was Democrats rioting at a integrated Republican Convention.
Many of you still don’t believe that the party of peace, love, tolerance, free speech, and equality would ever do such a thing. So let me give you a few more sources Brainy History, Find Articles, Wikipedia, Louisiana101 & Louisiana101, Wikipedia- July 30, GMU.EDU, Enlou.com, and Jim Crow History.
It took only two years before White Democrats became violent against Republicans again.
- September 28, 1868: Democrats in Opelousas, Louisiana killed nearly 300 blacks who tried to foil an assault on a Republican newspaper editor.
Many alleged charges of larceny, robbery and other property offenses against white Republicans were politically motivated. In many instances, the charge of stealing chickens was used to justify the lynching of white Republicans. Many eminent black politicians also met with the same fate on trumped up charges of stealing hogs, chickens and cattle.(72) By regularly accusing white radicals of inciting blacks to murder and robbery, Democratic newspapers all over the state justified attacks against white Republicans and Republican newspapers which, as a result, became targets of the whites’ fury.(73)
* Source – Find Articles
More to the point, the violence started again when three local white men beat up Emerson Bentley, white editor of the local Republican newspaper. Upon hearing the news of Bentley’s beating, several local African Americans came to the defense of Bentley. That day, at least two dozen African Americans were arrested and hung that same night. The following days, local whites went on what they called a “negro hunt”. At least 200 African Americans were killed in the fields and swamps.
Louisiana was one of two Southern states (three if you count Kentucky as a Southern state) to vote for Democratic Presidential nominee Horatio Seymour. Like Democrats today, Seymour protested the war, accusing Republican President Abraham Lincoln’s “restrictions of civil liberties”, the Emancipation Proclamation, and against Lincoln’s “extensive use of executive war powers”. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
The United States presidential election of 1868 was the first presidential election to take place during Reconstruction. Three of the former Confederate states (Texas, Mississippi, and Virginia) were not yet readmitted to the Union and therefore could not vote in the election. The incumbent President, Andrew Johnson, had alienated so many people that his effort to win the Democratic nomination failed: Johnson had failed to help remitt Texas, Mississippi, and Virginia back into the US as individual states. Instead the Democrats nominated Horatio Seymour to take on the Republican candidate, Civil War hero General Ulysses S. Grant. With Freedmen voting in all of the South, and with massive popularity in the North as the man who won the Civil War, Grant won an impressive victory.
Reconstruction was a hotly debated issue north and south. Seymour ran what historian David Blight has called “arguably the most openly white supremacist election campaign in American history,” with the slogan “This Is a White Man’s Country, Let White Men Rule.”
* Source – Wikipedia Presidential Election 1868
* Georgia was the other Southern State to vote for Horatio Seymour.
On October 7, 1868, Republicans criticized the Democrat’s national slogan “This is a White Man’s Country, Let White Men Rule”
The Louisiana Democrat Party’s taste for blood didn’t stop there. Just six years after Opelousas, and eight years after the “Massacre of the Innocents”, Louisiana Democrats again turned violent.
- September 14, 1874: Racist white Democrats stormed Louisiana’s statehouse to oust GOP Governor William Kellogg’s racially integrated administration; 27 are killed.
Emboldened by the federal hands-off policies, 3,500 armed White Leaguers assembled in New Orleans on September 14, 1874, and demanded that carpetbag Republican Gov. William Kellog resign. Opposing the White League were 3,600 policemen and black militia troops under the command of ex-Confederate General James Longstreet. Supported by two Gatling guns and a battery of artillery, Longstreet’s force formed a battle line from Jackson Square to Canal Street, guarding the Customs House, in which the governor and other Republican officials had taken refuge. The White Leaguers charged the line, captured Longstreet, and pushed his men to the river, where they either surrendered or fled. The attackers occupied the city hall, statehouse, and arsenal. Total casualties in the one-hour fight that has become known as the Battle of Liberty Place were 38 killed and 79 wounded.
* Source – Civilwar.bluegrass.net
In closing: Every time you hear the Democrats trying remind you of Bobby Jindal’s roots when they say “Piyush”, remember the roots of the Democrat party. It’s time for the Democrat party to move out of the Reconstruction era and into the 21st century. It’s time for Chris Whittington to issue an apology for the past actions of the Louisiana Democrat party for racism and violence in Louisiana. (Sign the Petition here)
1873 Battle of Colfax – Warhistorian.org
P.B.S. Pinchback – Wikipedia
Democrat V Republican, Which Party is More Racist? – I Love Jet Noise