History

I’m sure I knew this, but (via here) this still stuns me:

Do you approve or disapprove of marriage between blacks and whites?   Approve Disapprove No opinion

National adults trend:
2011 Aug 4-7 86 11 3
2007 Sep 7-8 79 15 6
2007 Jun 4-24 77 17 6
2004 Jun 9-30 76 19 5
2003 Nov 11-Dec 14 73 23 4
2002 Jun 3-9 65 29 6
1997 Jan 4-Feb 28 64 27 9
1994 Sep 18-20 48 37 15
1991 Jun 13-16 48 42 10
1983 Apr 29-May 2 43 50 7

That’s right a majority of Americans didn’t approve of marriage between blacks and whites until sometime between 1994 and 1997. Also, the Virginia state Senate had a great way of celebrating MLK day:

seizing on the absence of a Democratic senator who happens to be a veteran of the civil rights movement and was in Washington, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, for the second inauguration of the country’s first black president, Republicans in the evenly split Virginia state Senate pushed through a surprise mid-decade redistricting plan to try to gain decisive control of the body in the next election.

We’re not done yet.

At the end of this wild day, the “Senate adjourned in memory or (sic) General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson,” according to the minutes of the session. Jan. 21 is the Confederate general’s birthday.

I was also a bit stunned by this:

Nixon “was strongly advised by his strategists … to make a play for a Northern urban Catholic Democratic vote,” says Greenhouse. “A kind of Northern strategy that mirrored the Southern strategy.”

In fact, up until then, top Republicans tended to be more in favor of abortion rights than Democrats, including, for much of his first term, Nixon himself.

“It’s upside-down,” says Greenhouse. “It’s like going through the looking glass into another world.”

So, taking his aides’ advice, Nixon switched sides on abortion, even reversing an earlier relaxation of an abortion ban in military facilities.

Meanwhile, his staff painted his 1972 Democratic opponent, George McGovern, as a radical, describing him as the candidate of “amnesty, abortion and acid,” with amnesty referring to those who dodged the draft for the Vietnam War.

Nixon changed his stand on abortion to get more votes. He really did make the modern Republican party.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beaufreedom
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 19:22:07

    I think we should look at people for people, the only reasons a couple should not marry is if either of them does not want to. Nobody should be against a couple marrying because of their age, race, sexual orientation, social class, or religous reasons. In my opinions, this society is only slowly learning that people should not be forbidden to do what is right for them.

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  2. fredtopeka
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 19:30:08

    One hopes that society moves forward.

    Reply

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