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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Democrats & the KKK Held the Last Contested Convention


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Democrats Held the Last Contested Convention…

Along with their KKK Members in 1924


   Perhaps the most rancorous and bitter convention in history was the Democratic convention held in 1924.  That year, the Democrats were even more divided than the GOP is today.


One front run, William McAdoo, was supported by the Ku Klux Klan; the other, New York Gov. Al Smith, represented the party’s anti-klan wing.  Held in sweltering heat at Madison Square Garden before the advent of air conditioning, the convention was utter chaos.  Nineteen candidates secured votes on the first ballot, and neither McAdoo nor Smith was able to consolidate enough delegates to win, so the process went on to convention floor.


On Independence Day, the 10th day of the convention, 20,000 Klansmen gathered across the Hudson River to burn crosses.  After a grueling 16 days and 103 ballots, a winner finally emerged:  a little known former congressman from West Virginia, John Davis, who went on to be crushed in the general election by incumbent President Calvin Coolidge. 


There is something about a national convention that makes it as fascinating as a revival or a hanging, said writer H. L. Mencken, who covered the chaos.  “It is vulgar, it is ugly, it is stupid.”


I find it ironic the KKK was founded by southern Democrats and carpet baggers who persecuted Blacks and other minorities and fought against giving them the right to vote, yet Blacks today are the number one supporter of the Democratic party.  Lincoln. A Republican, was the one who set African-Americans free yet a Black man as president today has done very little to help his own race [unless you count free cell phones or more food stamps and keeping Blacks dependent as ‘help’].


The late West Virginia Democrat Senator Byrd was a grand wizard in the KKK and skillfully conned southern minorities for decades.  Byrd joined the Klan at the ripe young age of 24 — hardly a young one by today’s standards, much less those of 1944, when Byrd refused to join the military because he might have to serve alongside “race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds,” according to a letter Byrd wrote to Sen. Theodore Bilbo at the height of World War II.

Ironically, the lame stream press never raised the issue…neither did the NAACP, nor any Black leaders.

At one point I owned several newspapers in the greater Cleveland area and still maintain ties with the media industry in that city…I’m thinking of obtaining a media pass and heading down to the Republican Convention in July just to have some fun and watch/cover the confusion first hand.  I’ll keep you posted.

Yours for better living-Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

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DAR said...

Who would have known-I never knew Byrd was a card carrying KKK wizard. Those phonies on TV news never mentioned this yet they jumped all over Trump for a supposed knowledge of some BS-you just can't trust 'em nor the Dems in general.

escapecartist said...

And the Dems always act as if they are holier than thou and yet minorities seem damned blind to all of the history as to how they were screwed by the likes of will come back to bite them on the ass.