Anti-Myth Machine Did History End in 1870? I swear the two political parties have been active in terms of race relation since 1870. As a matter of fact, Martin Luther King may have represented a sea change that changed the politics of the country. As a matter of fact I could swear Southern republicans unanimously opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I could go on about how the numbers you refer to wouldn’t look the same if you excluded the south.

Civi Rights Act of 1964 (REF 1, 2, 3)

Voting Rights Act of 1965 (REF 4, 5)

Stopped Jim Crow laws

74% Democratic Support

93% Republican Support

Fair Housing Act aka Civil Rights Act of 1968 (REF 6)

Prevented housing discrimination based on race

67% Democratic Support

9% Republican Support

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (REF 7)

Extends Employment Discrimination Protections to Gays

98% Democratic Support (1 not voting)

18% Republican Support (8 not voting)

1. King, Desmond (1995). Separate and Unequal: Black Americans and the US Federal Government. p. 311.

2. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/88-1964/h182

3. http://polisci.wustl.edu/media/faculty/MidwestJMS.pdf

4. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/89-1965/s78

5. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/89-1965/h87

6. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/90-1968/s346

7. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/s229

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