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.