Letter: View of Democrats outdated

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The author of the July 12 letter “Southern Democrats on wrong side” demonstrates that he has not been paying attention for the past half-century.

He was correct in denouncing the Southern Democrats for their century-long racist attitudes. But he seems completely unaware that it was a Southern Democrat, Lyndon B. Johnson, who forced through an unwilling Congress the most meaningful civil rights legislation in years.

He also seems unaware that President Dick Nixon initiated the Southern strategy to gather those Southern racists into the Republican Party, where they reside to this day.

Doubt it? How many Southern states are blue?