The South’s GOP Transformation
Once upon a time, the Democrats were the party of slavery, segregation and Jim Crow, and the Republicans embraced emancipation and racial integration. Democrats were the party of the Confederacy in the South and Republicans were the Union of the North. Then the 1960s came and everything switched. Suddenly, the Republicans were tagged as the racists and the Democrats were the so-called champions of civil rights. So what happened? Enter left-leaning academics and journalists, who perpetrated the false narrative that Republicans couldn’t win an election by appealing to the better nature of the country, so they courted the worst. Former professor of political science at Vanderbilt University Carol Swain says this fairy tale and other myths contributed to the incessant lies of the left. She says the transformation occurred because the values of Southerners changed to espousing pro-life, pro-gun and pro-small government. Swain reviews the timeline of the transformation and debunks the myths in this episode of PragerU.