As Pitts points out, the worst racists were Democrats. Although Pitts calls them conservatives, the racist Democrats voted for Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt just as the northerners did. Pitts's argument is circular: racism is conservative, therefore, conservatives are racists. But the advocates of limited government were not necessarily more racist than the supporters of big government and big business--the GOP. On the one hand, it is true that Andrew Jackson, the founder of today's Democratic Party, was a racist and that his Supreme Court Chief Justice Taney was responsible for the Dred Scott decision. But the New York labor unions were probably more anti-African American than Jackson was. That The Miami Herald's syndicated columnist Pitts is apparently unfamiliar with the Draft Riots and organized labor's sympathy for the South during the Civil War is an embarrassment to the pathetic legacy of American journalism.
Princeton, of which Wilson had been president, has been well known as the most anti-Semitic of the Ivy League universities. Here is what Wikipedia says about Taft:
Moreover, the Southern Democrats, the racists, repeatedly supported left-wing Democrats. They voted for Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Adlai Stevenson. It was not until the 1960s that racism and the Republican Party crossed paths. By then, both parties had become advocates of Progressivism and supporters of the Roosevelt/Rockefeller agenda. In 1944, the entire Jim Crow South voted for the paragon of American socialism, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Alabama, for example, the state remembered for Rosa Parks and the Montgomery boycott of the 1950s, voted 81% for FDR. In 1952 and 1956, the most social democratic candidate between FDR and BHO was Adlai Stevenson. In 1956, the ONLY states in which Stevenson won were the Jim Crow states: Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
So Mr. Pitts, you're a doody head.