If the Dems were the original racists and really wanted to keep all their slaves then why do blacks vote for them in such large numbers? The history here is not really up for debate. Republicans were at the forefront of freeing the slaves and getting rights for blacks. What happened along the way? Here is an except from the WSJ about this issue. While Harry Truman deserves great credit for ending racial segregation in the military and the civil service, his efforts to pass civil-rights legislation also died from Southern Democratic opposition despite strong support from Republicans, who controlled Congress in 1947 and 1948. This makes Dwight Eisenhowerâ€™s success in passing civil rights bills in 1957 and 1960 all the more remarkable, since Democrats then controlled both Houses of Congress. â€śLyndon Johnson consistently opposed civil-rights legislation while he was in Congress, but as president worked hard to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Neither would have passed without the strong support of congressional Republicans, who provided the margin of victory. The GOP Is the Party of Civil Rights - WSJ.com Knowing history is important, obviously, and all this makes for good reading. But I need to break it you: blacks who vote for Democrats do not care about this history. The only bit of history they care about is the one that provides excuses and finger-pointing opportunities: ancestors in bondage, great-grandparents and grandparents struggling to gain first class citizenship in this country, etc. They donâ€™t care who did what to or for whom in the past. All they care about is whoâ€™s offering them the most goodies today. Democrats know theyâ€™ve got an eternal lock on 90 percent of the â€śblack vote.â€ť All they have to do is continue to promise black Americans bigger and better government programs and government handouts (so-called affirmative action, set-aside contracts, and other entitlements qualify as handouts to me), and encourage them to blame third parties for their troubles. (And Iâ€™m talking about blacks as a group here.) No grand theories. It is that simple. Thoughts?