If Trump stays president, Jim Crow laws will return


Richard T. Cartwright

Thursday, August 23, 2018

I have read several letters on your editorial page wherein Republican writers have firmly stated that they are totally convinced that voting for Democratic politicians will result in widespread socialism, thus “destroying” America as we know it today. Likewise, they seem to believe that four more years of the current Republican president will allow Donald Trump to finish “making America great.”

Quite frankly, based on what Trump has done in the past two years, I believe that everything that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has fought to accomplish during the past century will be invalidated in less than one decade. 

The first thing that will happen is all of the “Jim Crow” laws of the South will be declared as very constitutional. Then soon afterward, the public lynching of African-Americans will resume. 

I recently read through the book titled, “The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow,” and I remember reading that during the 1860s through the 1890s the Republican Party wanted blacks to have full political and civil rights. I was really taken aback when I read that historical fact. What a difference a century makes!

Members of the 21st century Republican Party want to take America back to the days when the Ku Klux Klan was determined to “eliminate, eradicate or exterminate” all members of what was then known as the “black man’s party,” regardless of their race. During the 1860s, Klansmen beat, whipped and murdered thousands of Republicans because they refused to vote for the conservative Democratic Party, which called itself the party of white supremacy. 

In conclusion, I will say that the black Christian is my equal. As the Apostle Paul told the Colossian church, I believe that there is no distinction between Greek and Jew or between black and white; for Christ is all and in all believers. In other words, I will not consider making the U.S. a nation of white supremacy to be “Making America Great Again!” 

Richard T. Cartwright 

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