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Editor, the Advocate:

Jim Crow law was cited in a front page article in the June 11 edition of the Victoria Advocate about taking down the confederate statue.

According to Wikipedia, Jim Crow laws were enacted by white Democratic-dominated state legislatures to disenfranchise and remove political and economic gains made by blacks during the Reconstruction period.

William Richter, Victoria

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Glen or Janice Ullman

I say the worst of politicians, have flipped parties for votes based on public opinion at the time. Does not mean they have to live up to their oaths. Take Trump for instance.

History can be used to assign blame or to improve the future....Glen

Ron Sandidge

Oh and let me clarify some more... Only one switched parties – Strom Thurman AFTER the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act were passed.

Mike Gomez

You might want to read about Southern strategy https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/07/26/what-we-get-wrong-about-southern-strategy/

Four years later, understanding the risks of such an overt campaign against civil rights, Nixon’s team instead coded their racial appeals. The “silent majority” of white Southerners that the candidate needed to attract understood that Nixon’s call for the restoration of “law and order,” for example, was a dog whistle, signaling his support for an end to protests, marches and boycotts, while his “war on drugs” played on racialized fears about crime. Nixon also adopted a stance of “benign neglect” on civil rights enforcement, a message that his advocates, such as Democrat-turned-Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond, bluntly conveyed to Southern whites on his behalf. As Thurmond put it, “If Nixon becomes president, he has promised that he won’t enforce either the Civil Rights or the Voting Rights Acts.

Ron Sandidge

You have got to change the channel Mike. Learn factual history. Of the 26 known Dixiecrats (5 governors and 21 senators) only three ever became Republicans: Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms and Mills E. Godwind, Jr. The segregationists in the Senate, on the other hand, would return to their party and fight against the Civil Rights acts of 1957, 1960 and 1964.

Mike Gomez

Sure how about the History Channel.... https://www.history.com/.amp/news/how-the-party-of-lincoln-won-over-the-once-democratic-south

Mike Gomez

Focus....That was not a literal statement. The south is the base for today’s conservative Republicans who back then were Democrats.Not talking about 26 individuals, talking about an entire party.

Mike Gomez

Exactly but you forgot one thing. They were white southern Conservative Democrats. After the Civil Rights Act of 1964, they left the party and became today’s Republicans.I bet my last dollar that it’s today’s Republicans who are trying to keep the statues of the racist generals of the Civil War from being removed.

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