Lyndon B Johnson On Voting, Racism And Fear

08529F48-A224-423C-8685-3107966AA298.jpegLyndon B Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973)

I think that the so-called ‘white backlash’ is destructive, not only of the interests of Negro Americans, but of all those who stand to gain from humane and farsighted government. And those that stand to gain from humane and farsighted government is everybody. Nevertheless, there are those who try to stimulate suspicion into hatred, and to make fear and frustration their springboard into public office. Many of them do it openly. Some let their henchmen do it for them. Their responsibility is the same… Racism — whether it comes packaged in the Nazi’s brown shirt or a three-button suit — destroys the moral fiber of a nation. It poisons public life. So I would urge every American to ask himself before he goes to the polls on Tuesday: Do I want to cast my vote on the basis of fear? Do I want to follow the merchants of bigotry?

Lyndon B Johnson On Race

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   Lyndon B Johnson   (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973)   
Lyndon B Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973)  

We believe all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Yet millions are being deprived of those blessings because of the color of their skin. The reasons are deeply imbedded in history and tradition and the nature of man. We can understand – without rancor or hatred – how this happened, but it cannot continue. Our constitution forbids it. The principles of our freedom forbid it. Morality forbids it. And [now] the law forbids it.

Note: These words were spoken by then President Lyndon B Johnson after the passage and ratification of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on July 02, 1964, but as history would prove it had little lasting impact. The words of politicians are shrouded in lies, not truth. The current President, amplifies these lies every time he speaks.

 

Photo Credit: The Suspicious Patriot by Demar Douglas.

 

 

  

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