Kevin McCarthy, the idiot who could become house speaker in a few years’ time, posted a video Saturday with Tim Scott, the junior senator from South Carolina celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first black American admitted to Congress .
Modern Republicans insist on calling themselves Lincoln Party, even though they have little in common, politically or morally, with the great emancipator. Ted “Wolfman” Cruz grew a beard this year, but that doesn’t change the fact that the current GOP is a pack of neo-Confederate scammers with a limited interest in a democracy in which blacks are actively involved.
It is particularly hideous now when most Republicans, including McCarthy, refuse to recognize the results of the presidential election because they do not like the result. McCarthy recently, as he did recently, backed a despotic effort to have the Supreme Court cast millions of legally cast ballots because the “wrong” (ie, black) people voted for Joe Biden instead of Donald Trump. That anti-democratic stunt will be up there with the Southern States’ resolution of November 9, 1860 to declare Abraham Lincoln’s election a “hostile act”.
The Republican Party is Lincoln’s party based on the values of freedom and equality for all people. 150 years … https://t.co/cdP5lt3tTA
– Kevin McCarthy (@ Kevin McCarthy) 1607787780.0
Black people overwhelmingly voted for Biden, and Trump’s thugs with a degree in dime store law have turned against black communities and raised false, unproven fraud allegations against our votes.
McCarthy will not even recognize Biden’s victory won by black voters. Now this asshole wants to talk about Mr. Joseph Rainey. OK, let’s talk about him.
Rainey was born into slavery in Georgetown, South Carolina in 1832. His father Edward was allowed to work “independently” and he built a successful trade as a hairdresser. Of course, he was legally obliged to give part of his income to the lazy sack of shit who “owned” it. Edward Rainey still saved enough to “buy” from himself and his family the freedom that was rightfully theirs.
Joseph Rainey followed in his father’s footsteps as a hairdresser. When the Civil War broke out, Rainey was drafted to fight for the continued enslavement of other blacks, but he and his family fled to Bermuda, where they were treated like humans and thrived.
The Raineys returned to South Carolina after the Civil War and settled in Charleston. They had reason to believe that the American dream was about to apply to them now. After all, 43 percent of Charleston’s population at the time was black. Rainey was elected to the Senate in 1870 and shortly thereafter won a special election to replace the scandal-ridden Benjamin Franklin Whitmore in the House of Representatives.
As a congressman, Rainey supported the Enforcement Acts, laws designed to put the Klu Klux Klan down. White racist conservatives, of course, remained intrepid, and other insurgent groups such as the White League and Red Hats Shirts emerged.
Rainey fought to defend the delicate freedom of black Americans. He spoke three times at Congress to support the Civil Rights Act of 1875. The Conservatives found the law unconstitutional as it would give “a large number of people of color” the opportunity to claim their rights on the offensive. “Rainey’s response was moving and should rightly shame someone like Tim Scott.
RAINEY: I can very well understand the opposition of the gentlemen on the other side of the House, and especially those from the south, to this measure. You have a feeling against the Negro in this country that I suppose will never die out. They have an aversion to this race of people because of their loyalty to this government and because at the precise time when they needed to show their manhood and valor they stood up for the defense of the country’s flag and helped quell the rebellion. You, sir, would give the man of color neither the right to vote nor the right to enjoy any of the immunities enjoyed by other citizens if he had a tendency to make him feel his manhood and to exalt him above the ordinary way of life . As long as he is satisfied with ordinary gifts, why is everything all right? but when he seeks to be a man, when he tries to get the rights that other citizens of the country enjoy, he is asking too much, and gentlemen like the gentleman from Kentucky are unwilling to grant it.
The Kentucky gentleman says the constitution dictated what rights we should have and enjoy. I ask the gentleman, in the light of the Constitution, if he can conscientiously tell the House today whether he can conscientiously tell the country that constitutional rights are given to the Negro in Kentucky? I would like to know if you enjoy this immunity and these rights there. Not long ago I saw that a measure was pending – and it was pending during the last Congress – to disenfranchise Kentucky Negroes. They don’t want an ordinance of Congress that tends to upset the Negro and make him feel like a man and an American citizen. Only as long as you let Kentucky and the other southern states and some of the northern and western states tell us what they think is necessary, and we receive it without objection, are we good, bright people. But once we begin to assert our manhood and claim our rights, we are seen as men who are not worthy of recognition. We get reprehensible, we get obnoxious and we hear this howl about social equality.
We know how this story ended. White racists pushed back racial progress in the south, and soon the former confederation existed in a state of apartheid that the rest of white America tolerated and even encouraged. Violence against black South Carolinians increased so much that while Rainey was still in Congress, his family moved to Connecticut for their protection.
McCarthy and Scott love to hide behind party labels, pretending that what these parties believe has not changed over the years. Nineteenth-century republicans are not today’s republicans, who, like nineteenth-century democrats, pledge to disenfranchise black citizens and ensure white-dominated rule.
There are more self-identified QAnonians in the GOP than black Republicans for a reason. Kevin McCarthy, who signed his name for Trump’s attempted riot, kindly keeps Joseph Rainey’s name out of his mouth. He can also go to Hell, where Tim Scott will be sure to carry his bags for him.
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