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“Voting Democrat for 200 Years” – How LBJ Made Black Americans Dependent on the Government

Voting Democrat for 200 Years How LBJ Made Black Americans Dependent on the Government
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In a thought-provoking discussion on the PBD Podcast, Patrick Bet-David, Adam Sosnick, and Vincent Oshana, joined by Stephen A. Smith, delve into the historical factors that have influenced black Americans’ political affiliations, particularly their longstanding support for the Democratic Party. With a focus on Lyndon B. Johnson’s pivotal role in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the conversation explores how this legislation reshaped political dynamics and fostered a dependency on the federal government among black communities.

The Impact of Civil Rights Legislation

The Impact of Civil Rights Legislation
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The podcast hosts shed light on the dramatic shift in political allegiance among black Americans following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Initially, only 64% of African Americans identified as Democrats, with the remainder leaning conservative. However, within four years of LBJ signing the landmark legislation into law, the Democratic Party’s support among black voters surged to an overwhelming 92%.

Lyndon B. Johnson’s Political Strategy

Lyndon B. Johnsons Political Strategy
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Central to the discussion is Lyndon B. Johnson’s strategic maneuvering to secure long-term support from black voters. Despite his complex legacy, which includes allegations of racism, Johnson recognized the political advantages of championing civil rights legislation. His prescient remark about winning over black voters for generations underscores the calculated nature of his actions and their enduring impact on American politics.

The Evolution of Political Affiliation

The Evolution of Political Affiliation
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Stephen A. Smith reflects on his personal journey and the broader trends within the black community regarding political affiliation. While acknowledging the historical contributions of the Democratic Party to advancing civil rights, Smith highlights the importance of critically assessing policies and political narratives. He emphasizes the need for informed decision-making based on an understanding of past injustices and present realities.

Challenges to Partisan Loyalty

Challenges to Partisan Loyalty
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The conversation challenges the notion of blind allegiance to any political party and calls for a nuanced approach to evaluating policies and candidates. Smith underscores the importance of acknowledging the role of both parties in shaping America’s racial landscape and urges voters to prioritize issues over party affiliation.

The Rise of Anti-Establishment Sentiment

The Rise of Anti Establishment Sentiment
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The podcast concludes with a discussion on the rise of anti-establishment sentiment within American politics. Drawing parallels between historical figures like Kennedy and Reagan and contemporary figures like Trump, the hosts explore the complexities of political identity and the shifting dynamics of power within the establishment.

Good vs. Evil

Good vs. Evil
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People in the comments share their thoughts: “I grew up in N. Central Texas. I’m 71 y.o. I remember the white/”colored” water fountains.  I couldn’t understand why. My parents never used the “N” word or vocalized any prejudices. I have never looked at the color of a person. Yet, I am very tired of being called a racist because of the color of MY skin.”

Another commenter said: “To me this isn’t a election of Democrat or Republican, it’s one of good and evil. Evil prevails when good men do nothing.”

People Are Being Used

People Are Being Used
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One commenter added: “It’s hard to convince people they have been used, duped and aren’t victims.”

One person concluded: “I have known about that quote from LBJ my whole life. It makes me so angry that most people think it’s an urban legend. LBJ was racist. If Kennedy were in politics today he’d be considered a republican. And it was the republicans that carried the civil rights act.”

Reconsidering Conventional Narratives

Reconsidering Conventional Narratives
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This conversation offers a compelling examination of the historical and contemporary factors influencing black Americans’ political choices. By dissecting the legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency and the broader socio-political landscape, the podcast prompts viewers to reconsider conventional narratives and engage in critical dialogue about America’s political future.

A Need For Greater Scrutiny

A Need For Greater Scrutiny
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What are your thoughts? How do you think Lyndon B. Johnson’s political strategy to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 influenced the long-term relationship between black Americans and the Democratic Party? Reflecting on Stephen A. Smith’s journey and insights, do you believe there is a need for greater scrutiny of political narratives and party allegiances within minority communities?

Non-traditional Political Figures

Non traditional Political Figures
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In light of the discussion on anti-establishment sentiment, how might the rise of non-traditional political figures impact future elections and governance? Considering the historical context of systemic racism and political exploitation, what steps can be taken to promote informed and independent voting behavior among all Americans?

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