It always gets nasty around an election, and it’s no different in Maryland.
The National Black Republican Association is running a radio ad that accuses the Democrats of starting the KKK and claiming that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican.
The ad begins with one woman telling another, "Dr. King was a real man. You know he was a Republican."
In the ad, the woman goes on to say, "Democrats passed those black codes and Jim Crow laws. Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan." Her companion replies, "The Klan? White hoods and sheets?"
The first woman also says, "Democrats fought all civil rights legislation from the 1860s to the 1960s. Democrats released those vicious dogs and fire hoses on blacks."
The ad asserts that "Democrats want to keep us poor while voting only Democrat" and, "Democrats want us to accept same-sex marriages, teen abortions without a parent’s consent and suing the Boy Scouts for saying ‘God’ in their pledge."
"Republicans freed us from slavery and put our right to vote in the Constitution."
Maryland recently held its primary election, where Black Republican Lt. Governor Michael Steele walked away with the Republican nomination for Senate. Former NAACP head Kweisi Mfume lost bid for the Senate to Rep. Ben Cardin.
Maryland also made history by having two Black and openly gay candidates run for the House of Delegates in the primary election.
Steele has already begun trying to distance himself from the ad telling the Associated Press that, “I don’t know exactly what the intent of the ad was" but that "it’s not helpful to the public discourse."
However, the discourse in the ad is the exact same rhetoric that Steele has been touting from day one.
Seems awful suspect to me.
The only person that ad hurts, even though he isn’t mentioned by name, is Senate Democratic nominee Rep. Ben Cardin.
In December, Maryland is set to hear arguments in Maryland’s equal marriage rights lawsuit, Deane & Polyak v. Conaway a landmark case involving nine same-sex couples and a recently widowed man seeking the right to marry in Maryland.
Obviously the people who created the copy for ad knew what buzz words to include, same-sex marriage, teen abortions, and praying in public.
Moving on to the use of Dr. King’s name. No one knows except for his wife and she’s gone, what political party, if any, that King belonged to. There’s no evidence to suggest that he was a Republican or that he ever even endorsed a candidate.
And let’s say that King was Republican for arguments sake, I highly doubt he’d still belong to the Republican Party of today.
And it may be true that white Democrats started the KKK, but most of them have since switched parties and are now registered Republicans.
As for the Democrats “releasing those vicious dogs and fire hoses on blacks,” the Republicans definitely have them trumped. Remember, it was the Republicans who gave us Trent Lott.
So while I will agree that Southern white Democrats have treated us Blacks unfairly, for me it doesn’t compare to the atrocities that the white Republicans, including El Diablo himself, have committed and continue to commit against us.