In 1964 one of the greatest pieces of legislation passed the United States congress. This Act has come to be known as the Civil Rights Act. The question I have posed which political party has historically and even currently is racist. Whether explicit or implicit it is my personal belief that the Democratic party is the party of racism. Through exploring the history of each party I hope to illuminate which party has actually put racist policies in place. For this I will support that the Republican is not racist and I will go a step further adding that the party has never implemented a policy that was racist.
Starting with the founders of both parties I will move through history addressing every major bill on the topic of slavery and rights by each party. Ending with current events. To start there are questions that need to be addressed to prove that the democrats is not the party of racism. What if any are policies the republicans have passed that are racist? Who switched form the Democrats to Republicans making the party racist? Which party historically owned slaves? Which party passed more civil rights policies? Going into more current times was stop and frisk founded in racism?
Through this debate I hope to come to an agreement where we ay be able to have insights into how we can address racism in the future. It is not my intent to say racism currently does not exist. Also I am not here to say one party is better then another based on the history of each party. I will give the advantage to the one who chooses to debate me by not starting the debate until the second round. I am using this only to introduce one to the topic and the questions that need to be answered to win the debate. Good luck and my the best rhetoric win.
I wish good luck to my opponent throughout the debate.
I will be refuting the title of the debate: "The Democratic party is the party of racism."
You may have been wishing for a longer argument, but its really not that complicated. This is all I have to say:
I am a republican and I am not racist, yet everyone says that the Republican party are racists, or the democratic party is the party of racism. You need to specify to who you are talking to. ALL the democrats or a specific person? because i'm sure there are democrats that aren't racists.
Before we move on I would like to know who your talking about when you say "democrats," one person or all of them?
I am generalizing here. However, I am say in general Democrats and the democratic party are, and have been the party that implemented racist policies. I will start with the basics. Comparing the two founders of the parties Andrew Jackson was a slave owner, while Abraham Lincoln was the man who brought an end to slavery. It is reactively cut and dry to see which one was racist. Moving on to the civil war. At the time of the civil war and since there was not one republican that owned a slave. While the Democratic party was largely based in the south. Now some might say that was a long time ago thing have changed. For a large part they have. But when it come to slavery and racism they have not. The biggest argument for the republican party being racist is the myth of the big switch. This is thought to have happened around the civil rights era in the 1960's. The flaw in it is it did not happen. In the 1960's the republican were the one who for a large part passed the civil rights act. It was the democrats that filibustered it in congress and voted against it. The only person that switched was Strom Thurmond. During this time period only one in hundreds of thousands of racist dixiecrats switched parties. It was not until the 1980's until southerners started to vote republican. It has to be noted at this time racism in the south was on the decline. There is a correlation between this, that as racism in the south fell more and more southerners started to vote republican. I have not mentioned many other examples of the blatant racism of the democratic party but these are the key facts. Now that it has been established that the big switch is a myth. It has to be said that the Ku Klux Klan developed out of the democratic south. As racism was on the fall Woodrow Wilson revitalized it by showing a Klan movie in the white house. To this day that was the first movie ever screened in the white house. In the next round I will show modern examples of racism that have developed.
No, In this last argument I will show that the Democratic party has continued it prejudice even into modern day. I have already established the party has been historically racist. Since the early 1930's the policies of explicit racism through segregation to implicit racism. In the most basic way the democratic party has created a urban plantation through welfare programs. The party has created place where generation after generation black individuals are stuck in a corrupting system. The policies has destroyed the black family. Which hurts ones likelihood to bring themselves out of poverty. Being stuck in this "progressive" cycle has promoted crime. It has degraded the black culture to one seen through rap music. To be a popular rapper you half to have grown up in a very urban violent environment. The best example of this is Drake. Drake was born in Toronto Canada but to become popular he has had to take on this persona that he is from a urban American environment. Since my opponent has not given a argument I will end early. Thank you for the debate.
Reasons for voting decision: Con's only argument was off topic. He admitted ad much in the second round. Pro, on the other hand, was the only one who made an argument that was on topic... therefore arguments to Pro by default. All other topics were tied. With this in mind, Pro wins this debate.