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  •  Chris McDaniel is only 42 so he doesn't remember.. (21+ / 0-)

    ...the election of 1964. That year, the regular all-white Democratic Party delegation to the national convention was challenged for seating by the integrated Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. These were the days, remember, when a blacks Mississippians who tried to register to vote, much less actually vote, took their lives in their hands thanks to the Klan and state officials who did all they could to keep them away from ballots.

    LBJ tried to craft a deal in which the MFDP would get two non-voting seats at the convention, with the rest going to the segregated party delegation.

    MFDP Vice chair Fannie Lou Hamer told the Democratic Party credentials committee:

    "All of this is on account we want to register [sic], to become first-class citizens, and if the Freedom Democratic Party is not seated now, I question America. Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave where we have to sleep with our telephones off the hooks because our lives be threatened daily because we want to live as decent human beings - in America?"
    Johnson tried to deflect Hamer's criticism and talked about how seating the MFDP could hurt him politically. He even got Martin Luther King Jr. to approve the "compromise." Hamer and the MFDP refused. She told Hubert Humphrey, who LBJ had sent to discuss the deal:
    "Do you mean to tell me that your position is more important than four hundred thousand black people's lives? Senator Humphrey, I know lots of people in Mississippi who have lost their jobs trying to register to vote. I had to leave the plantation where I worked in Sunflower County, Mississippi. Now if you lose this job of Vice-President because you do what is right, because you help the MFDP, everything will be all right. God will take care of you. But if you take [the nomination] this way, why, you will never be able to do any good for civil rights, for poor people, for peace, or any of those things you talk about. Senator Humphrey, I'm going to pray to Jesus for you."

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 01:06:35 PM PDT

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