Norris: An Unknown And Forgotten Fact Of Black History
February is Black History Month, honoring the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history.
My wife, Gena, and I have friends of every color and creed, from across the U.S. and all around the world. It’s because we are truly colorblind when it comes to loving and empowering all people everywhere, I thought I’d share an often-unknown and even forgotten fact of black history in American politics. Everyone should find this history enlightening.
A few years ago, I read a small book called, “Little Book of Liberal Lies,” by Elbert Guillory, an African American former member of the Louisiana State Senate. His book brought back to mind some stories I had forgotten about things that happened in the 1960s. It also reminded me of the real history of the Democratic Party that is being suppressed today, especially when it comes to minorities.
In 1958, I graduated from high school and joined the Air Force. I was sent to South Korea. While I was there, I studied Tae Kwon Do and Judo. I eventually received my Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a Brown Belt in Judo.
Soon after, I left South Korea for March Air Force Base in Southern California. In 1961, while I was stationed there, I decided to begin teaching a karate class on the base. A lot of military personnel began training with me. In fact, my superior officer became one of my students. He was Sgt. Jackson, an incredible leader who became a very good friend.
During the Christmas holiday of 1961, Sgt. Jackson, his wife and kids decided to drive to his wife’s family, which was about three days away. When they returned about three weeks later, I asked Sgt. Jackson how his Christmas was. He said Christmas was great, but they had to stop twice to stay at motels, and most of them would not even allow them to come in because they we’re black.
The managers told him that they didn’t allow blacks in their motels. Those cold racial refusals not only happened twice at the hotels but also repeatedly in restaurants they stopped at to eat on their journey.
I looked at my good friend with my eyes and mouth wide open. I was visibly shaking and very mad.
I said to him, “Sergeant, if you will tell me who did that to you, I am going to drive there and kick the crap out of them. (Being a black belt, it would have been easy for me!) If that is how they treat a military man like you, what are they doing to other blacks?”
I remember watching television back then and noticing Democratic leaders restricting black students from joining a public school that had all white students in it. I asked myself, “Why are these Democrats not allowing black people to be students there?”
I was actually a registered Democrat at the time – many of us conservatives were, including the great Ronald Reagan. So, I called a Democratic congressman in Riverside, California, and asked why they were chasing away black people from public schools. He replied, “Blacks have their own schools, and we don’t want them in our schools.” That happened in the liberal left-coast Los Angeles area!
On another day while watching television, I again saw black students trying to join the white students at school, while Democratic tough guys had their attack dogs chasing those black students away.
I was sitting on my couch screaming, “What is going on?! I can’t believe these Democrats are doing this. I am finished with them!”
I switched parties because Republicans were upset with the way Democrats were treating blacks. Republicans believed that blacks students should be able to study at any school.
Many black Americans today also remember how Democrats treated blacks during the 1950s-1960s, and that is why many of them also became Republicans. Many notables among these are the late Herman Cain, Ben Carson, Allen West, Larry Elder, Deneen Borelli, Sheriff David Clark, Charles Payne, the late Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway, Rochelle “Silk” Richardson, and former Louisiana state Sen. Guillory. There are many more incredible men and women I could list; space limits me here.
What’s amazing is that many of us switched political party affiliations despite knowing that Democrats were in control of the U.S. House and Senate at the time. But that didn’t bother me because of how frustrated I was and still am with the anti-black prejudicial actions of the Democrats.
To be honest, it frustrates me all over again when I hear the undertones and outright admissions of prejudicial sentiment coming from Mr. Biden, who said just a few years ago while running for the White House: “Well I tell you what, If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” How degrading that was to our black friends.
It actually gets worse. The heart of Biden’s no-holds support and defense for the 1994 Crime Bill (his signature legislation) was excellently explained by the Center for American Progress: “The crime bill also expanded the school-to-prison pipeline and increased racial disparities in juvenile justice involvement by creating draconian penalties for so-called super predators – low-income children of color, especially black children, who are convicted of multiple crimes.”
I’d love to tell you Vice President Kamala Harris is better, but she is nothing short of a political manipulator and a mocker to minorities. Before his bid for the White House, Harris was calling out and condemning Biden’s racial record but now condones it. Where’s the integrity in that?
What even many Democrats don’t know is that their party hijacked the civil rights movement and issues of equality. It runs right to the present day with Democratic Party officials manipulation and pulling the wool over the eyes of minorities, claiming that what they have to offer them will produce a better life for them and America. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you don’t believe me, please, please (please!) watch Larry Elders’ documentary, “Uncle Tom,” to learn the real path of liberation and success for minorities. (Please also check out Elbert Guillory’s Facebook and “Elbert Guillory’s America” website for more of his empowering thoughts.)
What should further disturb every American is that Marxist ideologies are behind many of the philosophies of the modern-day cultural woke movements like Critical Race Theory, Critical Social Justice, and Black Lives Matter. (In former columns, I’ve also thoroughly documented the Democratic Party’s “political playbooks” as found in the works of Neo-Marxist Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and the Cloward-Piven strategy.)
A few years ago, a USA Today op-ed piece summarized it well: “Biden and the Democratic National Committee seem to look at black Americans just as votes and not as actual people, with brains, feelings and families. Liberal policies have not made it easier for black business owners to navigate fewer regulations, pay less in taxes, and be lifted out of poverty. Liberal policies were not responsible for historic low black unemployment, and the creation of opportunity zones. But the Trump administration [was]. So, Biden should not be asking black America to compare his record to that of Trump’s.”
As Elbert Guillory stated in the beginning of his excellent five-minute YouTube history lesson titled, “Why I am a Republican,” which I encourage everyone to watch: “In recent history, Democrats have created the illusion that their agenda and their policies are what’s best for black people. Somehow it’s been forgotten that the Republican Party was founded as an abolitionist movement.”
Friends, and all fellow Americans, let us all continue to celebrate red, yellow, black and white; we all precious in God’s sight.
As our great founders stated in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
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