Not only can I not find this magical time where Republicans supposedly switched platform ideas with Democrats and started rejected liberty and individual freedom for everyone (indeed the Republican party has, since it’s beginning and right up through the 60s [the civil rights movement and where I stopped skimming for now] included the importance of civil rights for minorities and women in their platform), but I also have found that (especially in the 50s and 60s) the Democratic platform contained almost more blaming of the Republicans than it did actual party platform information.
Republicans used their platform to talk about their party ideals and their solutions, Democrats used their platform to blame Republicans for everything rather than focusing on their platform.
From the skimming that I did (obviously I’m not going to do an close reading of every word this afternoon) NEITHER party had a specific section on “Civil Rights” until 1952, but the 1948 platforms for both show a distinct difference in how the parties dealt with equality.
One of these platforms offered solutions and plans, one offered lip service.
Republican 1948 Platform:
Lynching or any other form of mob violence anywhere is a disgrace to any civilized state, and we favor the prompt enactment of legislation to end this infamy.
One of the basic principles of this Republic is the equality of all individuals in their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This principle is enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Constitution of the United States; it was vindicated on the field of battle and became the cornerstone of this Republic. This right of equal opportunity to work and to advance in life should never be limited in any individual because of race, religion, color, or country of origin. We favor the enactment and just enforcement of such Federal legislation as may be necessary to maintain this right at all times in every part of this Republic.
We favor the abolition of the poll tax as a requisite to voting.
We are opposed to the idea of racial segregation in the armed services of the United States.
Democratic 1948 Platform:
The Democratic Party is responsible for the great civil rights gains made in recent years in eliminating unfair and illegal discrimination based on race, creed or color,
The Democratic Party commits itself to continuing its efforts to eradicate all racial, religious and economic discrimination.
We again state our belief that racial and religious minorities must have the right to live, the right to work, the right to vote, the full and equal protection of the laws, on a basis of equality with all citizens as guaranteed by the Constitution.
We highly commend President Harry S. Truman for his courageous stand on the issue of civil rights.
We call upon the Congress to support our President in guaranteeing these basic and fundamental American Principles: (1) the right of full and equal political participation; (2) the right to equal opportunity of employment; (3) the right of security of person; (4) and the right of equal treatment in the service and defense of our nation.
Up into the 60s I can still not see this magical switch between party platforms and ideals that shows Republicans becoming racist.
But please, here’s a link to the platforms, please let me know if you can find that point of reference somewhere. Maybe I missed the key year.