Dear Editor:

In his “Letter to the Editor” May 18 “Democrats did plenty for racial equality,” which was a rebuttal to my letter from the week prior “Failed Democratic policies hurting Blacks,” Jeff Laadt closed with the following admonishment “If Mr. Gabl wishes to invoke history, he owes it to the readers of this paper to at least make an honest attempt to get it right and not leave out more than a half-century of political transformation.”

So after considering Mr. Laadt’s criticism, I would like to set the historical record straight, not my rendition, but rather Laadt’s misrepresentations that readers should be made aware of for the sake of the only factor that really matters: truth.

Laadt began “In the view of Mr. Gabl, Black Lives Matter is nothing short of a communist criminal uprising against American democracy.”

Not true. I simply quoted the following words written and spoken exclusively by the founders of Black Lives Matter (BLM) for readers to objectively ponder with no conclusive determination offered by me.

“We have an ideological frame. We are trained Marxists (communists) super-versed on ideological theory.” BLM is a tactic to rebuild the Black Liberation Movement, which history shows was a Marxist revolutionary group of the 1970s. “We believe in transformation and a radical realignment of power, and understand that Black people will never achieve liberation under the current global radicalized capitalist system.”

Notice that Laadt made no mention whatsoever of BLM’s documented declarations while attributing, what he apparently believes BLM is actually conveying, to something I conjured up. Why?

Laadt continued “Gabl relies in part on the writings of political scientist Carol Swain to weave a narrative of historic abuse suffered by Blacks at the hands of Democrats . . . But it is an incomplete history, a misleading story. It is as if the world ended sometime in the mid-20th century. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the following Voting Rights Act of 1965 were historical achievements by a southerner, Lyndon Johnson, who was well aware of the negative political implications for his party in the South.”

However, the historical record clearly shows that Johnson was fortunate to be the president who signed both acts into law simply because neither would have been possible without significantly more Republican support than their Democrat counterparts who were determined to squash both acts. For that extraordinary reason, Republican Sen. Minority Leader Everett Dirksen was honored with the prestigious front cover and praised in an in-depth account of events in the June 19, 1964 edition of the Time magazine “The Congress: The Covenant.”

And astonishingly, Time even outed John Kennedy’s reneging on his campaign pledge to legislatively address racial equality until pushed by Republicans to introduce a bill, because he knew full well it would be exposed that his own party lacked its support.

Finally, Laadt’s assertion regarding me “leaving out more than a half-century of political transformation,” could not be further from the truth considering that what I quoted from Black professor of political science Swain, Laadt conveniently ignored. She explained “The only serious congressional opposition to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 came from Democrats. So now, the Democratic Party prospers on the votes of the very people it has spent much of its history oppressing. In reality it’s their failed policies that have kept Blacks down.”

To Swain’s point, the top 10 most populous crime-ridden cities are all run by Democrats as is seven of the next 10. And the consequences of such illuminating betrayal took decades to reach today’s heights.

Frank Gabl

Prospect Heights, Ill.