• During the civil rights struggles of the '50s and '60s, Gov. Orval Faubus used the National Guard to keep black students out of Little Rock High.
• Gov. Ross Barnett refused to let James Meredith into Ole Miss. Gov.
• George Wallace stood in the door at the University of Alabama, to block two black students from entering.
All three governors were Democrats. -Pat Buchanan
When Johnson left office, 10 percent of Southern schools were desegregated. When Nixon left, the figure was 70 percent. Richard Nixon desegregated the Southern schools, something you won’t learn in today’s public schools. -Patrick J. Buchanan
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party venerated the late Sen. Robert Byrd, a former Klansmen himself. He was one of 19 senators (all Democrats) to sign the Southern Manifesto opposing integration. One of his co-signers was William Fulbright, Bill Clinton's mentor. -Jonah Goldberg
Democrat, Government, Narrative
Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor argued that the federal government’s desegregation of Arkansas’s largest public school in 1957 was an “unwilling invasion” that took “a local problem out of the local authorities’ hands” and led to deep suspicions of democracy in the state.
Several Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus Tuesday refused to denounce Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison’s call for a black state. One congressman stated, “I don’t see anything really objectionable.” -Alex Pfeiffer