Left Hates Hearing the Truth from Byron Donalds

Several weeks ago, former Reagan speechwriter and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, wrote a column with the headline, “We Are Starting to Enjoy Hatred.” 

Noonan’s point was that, in our polarized and divided country, each side is not longer attempting to “win over’ those with whom they disagree. Both sides are now ingrained in their hatred for each other.

It’s almost impossible to not read the news after waking up, or walk down the street smack into the middle of a demonstration — which is becoming the norm in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and small towns across the country — and not appreciate Noonan’s truth-filled observation.

Now, Florida GOP Representative Byron Donalds, a Black conservative and one who has been floated on Donald Trump’s “short list” of possible vice-presidential running mates — is getting a taste of this ugliness.

At a recent Philadelphia Republican gathering, Donalds observed, “During Jim Crow, the Black family was together. During Jim Crow, more Black people were not just conservative — because Black people have always been conservative-minded — but more Black people voted conservatively. And then…Lyndon Johnson — you go down that road, and now we where we are.”

Anyone with the brain he or she has received from the Almighty, a willingness to use that brain, and a portion of good will to use reason while pursuing the truth would grasp the point Rep. Donalds chose to make that day. 

However, Al Sharpton accused Donalds of saying Jim Crow was a “better” or “good” time for Blacks.

Joy Reid, liberal MSNBC commentator, said Donalds said Jim Crow as a “golden era” for Blacks. Rapidly, Democratic leadership and the Biden campaign picked up with similar derogatory distortions of Donalds’ remarks.

Of course, Donalds was not praising Jim Crow. He was touting the resilience and strength of Black Americans to live their lives as productively as possible during these disconcerting times.

He also suggested Big government ushed in by President Lyndon Johnson after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 hurt instead of helped Blacks.

In regards to Blacks voting more conservatively during the years of Jim Crow, the data is plain.

From the first presidential election after the Civil Rights Act, in 1965, the average percentage of Blacks voting Republican was 10.2%.

However, from 1936 to 1960, the average percent of Blacks voting Republican stood at 30%. Republican President Dwight Eisenhower received 39% of the Black vote in 1956.

The observation by Donalds that Blacks voted more conservatively in the Jim Crow era is correct and clear.

Regarding the state of the Black family in the U.S., Donalds’ point is that the Black family was more healthy during the Jim Crow era is also unambiguous. Per data compiled by Pew Research from Census and American Community Survey data, four years before the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1960, 61% of the Blacks age 18 and above were married. However, by 2021, this was down to 31%.

In 1965, after the Civil Rights Act was passed, Johnson spoke at the prestigious Howard University to say despite new federal civil rights legislation that nullified Jim Crow, and made discrimination based on race illegal, this wasn’t enough. Per Johnson, Blacks weren’t ready to be free.

In Johnson’s words, “But freedom is not enough. You do not wipe away the scars of centuries by saying: Now you are free to go where you want and do as you desire and choose the leaders you please.”

Donalds truthfully tells things went in the wrong direction following the Civil Rights Act — more instead of less government.

Those on the far left are free to challenge his arguments, but that is done through logical and rational discussion.

However, they don’t choose this path, because they’ll lose.