The Beginning of the Black Exodus From the Republican Party

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In a previous piece, I posted my livestream addressing the history between the Republican Party and the black community. I discussed the historical events and decisions that led African Americans to overwhelmingly support the Democratic Party.

As the initial video was three hours long, I decided to break it up into smaller chunks to make it easier to consume. In this first section, I discuss the Lily-White movement that arose in the GOP shortly after the end of Reconstruction and how it spread to southern states.

In the presentation, I detail how the movement eventually took power in various state’s Republican Parties and systematically began ousting black leaders in a bid to appeal to southern white voters. The movement led to the GOP’s alienating black voters to the extent that they began seriously considering the Democratic Party despite the fact that it was also full of southern whites who weren’t too keen on the notion that blacks should be a focal point.

In the next section, I will discuss how the movement pushed African Americans towards the New Deal policies of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.