Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Republicans and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

It has been brought to our attention that many otherwise intelligent people—based on decades of propaganda from the left—think that it was Democrats who fought for and brought into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but the facts, pesky as they may be, simply do not support that argument.

Here is how the final votes were cast:

House of Representatives:
  • Democrats: Y=152; N=96 (63% against passage)
  • Republicans: Y=138; N=42 (25% against)


  • Democrats: Y=37; N=27 (73% against)
  • Republicans: Y=27; N=6 (22% against)

To be sure, most of the opposition in the Democratic ranks came from southerners, but the voting record clearly debunks claims by the Left that Republicans have a "race problem".

If either party needs to address its historical position on race, these facts suggest it should be the Democrats.

Details on how the 1964 CRA legislation made its way through the halls of Congress can be found here.

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