Was the Democratic Party associated with the KKK?

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Yes, the early Democratic party was associated with the KKK. However, the early Democratic party was also associated mostly with conservative causes. Many White and Black Republicans were lynched by the democrat party supporters because of their opposition to slavery. Republicans were the abolitionists from the start. They supported and promoted Civil Rights.

This changed late in the 20th century when the Democrats began to espouse liberal values. That happened because the American Communist Party disbanded and transformed the Democratic Party. This change in values also occurred in the Republican party though in reverse. The early Republicans' supported progressive and arguably liberal causes like emancipation and civil rights for African Americans. But then the disenfranchised Conservatives from the Democrat Party joined the Republican Party. Then more of the Klan members were Republicans. In short, the Democratic party during the heyday of the KKK bears little resemblance to today's Democratic party.

As for slavery, only the type of slavery has changed. It was once chattel slavery and forced servitude. Nowadays, it is slavery to handouts, party allegiance, and even corporations. The prison industrial complex is arguably a type of slavery.
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