Today in 1955, Rosa Parks claimed her civil right to exist which kicked off the civil rights movement. Leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that passed with more Democrats than Republicans voting against it by nearly 2 to 1. The House version of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was supported by only 61 percent of that Chamber’s Democrats versus 80 percent of the Republicans.
It was Republicans that ended a filibuster by Democrat Senator Robert C. Byrd, preventing a vote on this bill in the Senate. 82 percent of Republicans voted for cloture versus 66 percent of Democrats.
In the final Senate vote on the Act, 82 percent of Republicans voted “Aye” versus 69 percent of Democrats.
Don’t feel bad if this is news to you. Democrats have done a good job in re-writing history about which political party supported civil rights, and still does, and which did not.
H/T Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters