Friday, July 25, 2014

Sid Salter: Black voter history ignored in GOP Senate race

The historical record shows that Blacks have been involved in Mississippi Republican politics for many years.


From The Clarion-Ledger:

The 2014 Mississippi Republican Senate second primary is far from the first time that black voters have been involved in Republican politics in Mississippi. The historical record on that involvement is documented and fairly rich in detail.

 After the Republican Reconstruction government established in Mississippi in 1865 and led almost exclusively by black public officials was deposed by Mississippi Democrats in the 1875 elections, the GOP fell on hard times. The push was called "the Mississippi Plan" and is defined by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History as: "The Mississippi Plan was devised by Mississippi Democrats to overthrow Republican rule through intimidation, violence, and paramilitary groups. Disturbances occurred throughout the state as Democrats won state elections."

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