Lyndon Baines Johnson had a checkered record on the civil rights issue. But ultimately he imposed integration on a nation that was, at best, only semi-willing. Johnson was not above political expediance, but he knew this activity would drive southern white racists into the open arms of the Republican party.
As Clarence Page reported:
Southern Democrats played the race card to win and hold the South against the party of Abraham Lincoln. Conservative Republicans played the race card in the name of "state's rights" to win the South in 1964. On the night President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he told his young aide Bill Moyers, "I think we just delivered the South to the Republican Party for a long time to come."
We can see now, almost 5 decades later, the harvest of what Johnson sowed. On the one hand, the Republicans held the white house for 28 of the 40 years from 1968 through 2008, a legacy of political divisiveness, fiscal elitism, and economic irresponsibility from which the country may never recover.
On the other hand, we now can find pictures like the one above. To hate, you must dehumanize. And you can't dehumanize after you are given the opportunity day after day, in the classroom, the playground, and musical performances to see and appreciate the fundamental human dignity of those who do not look like you.
Make what you will of this counterpoint by kevinearick posting at Naked Capitalism. I have no idea what the connections might be between the comments and the picture in the post.