Al Gore Sr. Sacrificed his Political Career for Civil Rights
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At this time I only wish to speak to one lie. To me it is important because Clinton bigots keep repeating the lie. Al Gore Sr. was a racist bigot who voted against the Civil Rights Bill. Al Gore lied when he said his dad lost the election because he stood for the Civil Rights Bill. The blacks were gored by Al Gore sr. and his son lies to cover up the racist background. It is easy to control the minds of people. All one has to do is change history by lying about the past. This is exactly what has happened with the legacy of former Democratic U.S. Senator Al Gore, Sr. of Tennessee - the father of our current vice president - and his mythical "support" of civil rights.
In a recent speech to the NAACP, Vice President Gore said his father lost his Senate seat because he supported civil rights legislation. Fellow black Americans, let me set history straight. Al Gore, Sr., together with the rest of the southern Democrats, voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Congressional Quarterly reported that, in the House of Representatives, 61% of Democrats (152 for, 96 against) voted for the Civil Rights Act as opposed to 80% of Republicans (138 for, 38 against). In the Senate, 69% of Democrats (46 for, 21 against) voted for the Act while 82% of Republicans did (27 for, 6 against). All southern Democrats voted against the Act.
In his remarks upon signing the Civil Rights Act, President Lyndon Johnson praised Republicans for their "overwhelming majority." He did not offer similar praise to his own Democratic Party. Moreover, Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen, an Illinois Republican, collaborated with the White House and the Senate leadership of both parties to draft acceptable compromise amendments to end the southern Democrats' filibuster of the Act. It was Dirksen who often took to the Senate floor to declare, "This is an idea whose time has come. It will not be denied." Dirksen's greatest triumph earned him the Leadership Conference of Civil Rights Award, presented by then-NAACP Chairman Roy Wilkins, for his remarkable civil rights leadership.
Inform yourself, so you can learn for yourself about this important historical event. All official records about the Civil Rights Act can be found in the June 1964 issues of Congressional Quarterly.
Al Gore, Sr. did not stop at simply voting against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In addition, Congressional Quarterly reported that Gore attempted to send the Act to the Senate Judiciary Committee with an amendment to say "in defiance of a court desegregation order, federal funds could not be held from any school districts." Gore sought to take the teeth out of the Act in the event it passed.
Ostensibly, Senator Gore was "elated" at the idea of young Al, Jr. going to school with black children. In reality, however, the future vice president attended an elite private school.
In the end, the Gore Amendment was defeated by a vote of 74-25. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, one of President Bill Clinton's political mentors, was among the 23 southern Democratic senators and only one Republican voting with Gore for this racist amendment.
In 1956, Al Gore sr. was one of only two Southern senators who refused to sign the racist Southern Manifesto.
Al Gore Sr. Civil Rights
2. Voted against the Poll Tax of 1942
3. Voted for Civil Rights Act of 1957
4. Nominated 2 young black students from Memphis for appointment to US Air
Force Academy - risky in Tennessee in 1957
5. Voted for 1965 Voters Rights Act
6. 1968 Fair Housing Act
7. Al Gore Sr. apologized for his 1964 vote and called it a big mistake. He
was concerned that it went to far to fast and would be used to cut off
funding of schools who appeared to be in violation.
Source Washington Post