The Democrat Party and their allies in the mainstream media often try to smear Republicans with accusations of being sexist, bigoted, homophobic, Islamophobic, and racist. However, in a new PragerU video, former Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science Carol Swain breaks down the "inconvenient truth" that it was primarily Republicans, not Democrats, who were responsible for the advancement of women and minorities.
"Racist. Sexist. Republican," Swain says. "These words are virtually interchangeable. At least, according to most professors, journalists, and celebrities. So, are they right? Let’s take a look at history."
"The Republican Party was created in 1854," she continues. "The first Republican Party platform, adopted at the party’s first national convention in 1856, promised to defeat, quote, 'those twin relics of barbarism: polygamy and slavery.' Those 'twin relics' were spreading into the western territories. Republicans feared that as those territories became states, polygamy and slavery might become permanent parts of American life. Polygamy, the marriage of one man to multiple women, devalued women and made them a kind of property. Slavery, of course, did the same to blacks. Literally."
Swain presents a side-by-side comparison of the history of both parties, including how the Democrat-controlled South seceded from the North in order to protest the Republican cause of emancipation of the slaves, as well as how Democrats pushed back on Republicans' efforts to allow African-Americans to vote and serve in Congress.
"In 1870, the first black senator and the first black congressman were sworn in, both Republicans," she says. "In fact, every black representative in the House until 1935 was a Republican. And every black senator until 1979 was, too. For that matter, the first female member of Congress was a Republican; the first Hispanic governor and senator were Republicans. The first Asian senator? You get the idea."
In a previous video for PragerU, Swain addressed the so-called "Southern Strategy" and the myths associated with the "switch" in the South from being predominantly Democrat to predominately Republican.