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Letter: Dems oversaw South's segregation

Matt Davies

Matt Davies

"Political flypaper," an editorial cartoon by Matt Davies, depicted a relationship between white supremacists and the GOP, which is not historically correct [Opinion, June 25].

I'm assuming that the cartoonist is referring to the recent tragedy in South Carolina. However, history shows that Democrats have been responsible for abuses heaped on black people over many years. They were the politicians in charge when the Jim Crow segregation laws were passed and when blacks were discouraged from voting. Democrats' school segregation had to be undone by the Republican administration in Washington. Former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, former Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus and former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox were all originally Democrats.

Lynchings happened in the South under Democratic administrations that were never investigated or prosecuted. Remember, it was Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower who sent troops to the South to stop the abuses.

I'm surprised that the Republican Party never uses this historical information to compete with Democrats for more black votes.

Jay Becker, Syosset

Editor's note: The writer is a retired social studies teacher.

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