In response to Jay Kirschbaum’s letter “Dismantle Democratic Party, which defended slavery” (Aug. 26), if he can identify any statues celebrating the Democratic Party’s role in upholding slavery, perpetuating Jim Crow and segregation, etc., I will gladly stand by his side in calling for them to be torn down.
Kirschbaum’s knowledge of history, or willingness to acknowledge history, however, comes to a halt with the 1940s. He ignores the fact that the Democratic Party in the 1960s rejected its past and embraced civil rights. Those in the party who opposed this, mostly Southerners, left the party and gravitated to the Republican Party, encouraged by Richard Nixon’s “Southern strategy” for the 1972 election and the neo-conservatism of the Reagan era.
The Democratic Party has not forgotten, nor does it ignore, its past, but the party certainly does not celebrate it.
Thomas F. Curran • Maplewood
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