Letter: GOP, Dems don’t disagree on civil rights
Re: ‘A reversal of roles’ (Metro, Nov. 25)
The 1960s civil rights legislation was opposed by Southern DEMOCRATS, not Republicans as you indicated.
The Republican party was formed specifically to oppose slavery and promote civil rights; its first successful presidential candidate was Abraham Lincoln. This tradition of supporting civil rights continued into the present era with Republican President Eisenhower sending the 101st Airborne Division to enforce desegregation in a Little Rock, Ark., public school on Sept. 24, 1957.
In recent years, Republicans and Democrats have differed on related issues such as affirmative action and the size of the welfare state, but not on fundamental civil rights.
Darrell Hartwick, via email