Once upon a time, following the Great Civil War to eliminate slavery from America, Democrats began forming Ku Klux Klan groups around the Great State of Texas.
The Klan of the Reconstruction era was not a single organization or even a loose confederation of local and state groups. Several different Klan-like organizations with different relationships to each other coexisted in various parts of the South; they included the Knights of the Red Hand, the Pale Faces, the White Brotherhood, the Constitutional Union Guards, and, in Texas, the Knights of the Rising Sun and the Knights of the White Camellia. Evidence that the Klan had spread to Texas was first noted in March 1868. At first the group’s activities consisted of parades, publications of cryptic newspaper notices, and midnight meetings at graveyards. Republican newspapers satirized these happenings, but by May, when the Klan began to resort to murder and acts of intimidation directed at freedmen and white Republicans, the light-hearted notices ended. [Source: TSHA – KU KLUX KLAN ]
The first Klan organized in Pulaski, Tennessee in mid-1866 as opposition to Republican rule. Who were the Republicans? They were freedmen (former slaves) and white men who settled in the south. Democrats called these white Republicans carpetbaggers and scalawags. It was during this era of reconstruction that ‘radical’ Republican governments worked constructively to resolve legacy problems left over from the Civil War and the abolition of slavery.
Lynching – unlawful executions by hanging – was the preferred method of the Democrats to suppress political activities of African-Americans and to keep them off juries. Indictments by grand juries were rare, criminal convictions even rarer for the lynching of Republicans. All freedmen were Republicans.
The KKK was predominantly executing its terror in northeast and east Texas, from the Red River down to Houston, approximately twenty counties in all. Any freedman who became “uppity” became a target of the Klan.
Due to the economic stranglehold Democrats held in post-Civil War Texas, the party soon regained control of state government. Read about Reconstruction in Texas from the TSHA – RECONSTRUCTION.
The net effect of Democrats retaking control of Texas government was to remove “radical Republicans” from office.
Of the number of persons murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, approximately one-third were whites, 100% were Republicans.
So, how did the Democrat Party of Texas come to be the party of African-Americans and Hispanics? They did it through historical revisionism, an ongoing practice of the Democrat Party.
They who steal your history control your destiny.