In the ongoing pursuit of a more inclusive society, symbols of the past have been reevaluated and transformed. The Cleveland Indians are now the Guardians,statues have been raised, years ago the St. John Redman became the Red Storm, and the world famous Washington football team recently changed its name as well. However, the Democratic Party (the ‘Liberal, Left’ political party in the ‘Bi-nopoly’ that is American politics) has yet to address the historical bloody, rape soaked baggage tied to its name. As an African American, I grapple with supporting a party that bears the weight of a name associated with pro-slavery sentiments during its formation. Ne, started a whole war to keep my black @$$ in chains forever. But I digress. In this article, we explore why the Democratic Party needs to change its name to better resonate with its diverse constituency, particularly African Americans, and the broader message it can convey in the quest for inclusivity.

Confronting Historical Ties

The Democratic Party members were originally the defenders of American slavery, and advocates of rural interests against coastal elites. Now the party draws much of its strength from cities and coastal areas and wins the support of most of the nonwhite voters in the nation. Talk about opposite day! However it wasn’t always like that.

The modern Democratic Party emerged in 1828 from former factions of the Democratic-Republican Party, which had largely collapsed by 1824. It was built by Martin Van Buren, who assembled a cadre of politicians in every state behind future President Andrew ‘Trail of Tears’ Jackson of Tennessee.

By the 1840s, the party had embraced the idea of “manifest destiny” — that (white) Americans were divinely entitled to domination of the whole North American continent. Manifest Destiny “mainly a Democratic doctrine, pressed for the expansion of American institutions across the whole of North America, whether the residents — Indians, Spaniards, Mexicans, Canadians — wanted them or not.”

The Battle Cry of Freedom, historian James McPherson

The formation of the Democratic Party just before the Civil War coincided with a time when the party supported slavery. While the party has transformed over the years, the name “Democratic Party” carries associations with a troubling past. To truly reflect its supposed commitment to social progress, justice, and equality, the party must acknowledge and address the discomfort this historical connection generates not only within marginalized communities but mine particularly.

A Rose by Any Other Name

As William Shakespeare aptly said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Some might retort my amazing argument and say, “The essence of the Democratic Party lies not in its name but in its actions and values.” I give credit to some of the ‘olive branches’ the party has presented my people over the years since the ‘1960’s shift’(Honestly,nothing comes to mind.But for arguments sake I will say they did something). However, the power of names should not be dismissed. A name change would signal a genuine commitment to inclusivity and a recognition of the need to shed its pro-slavery era.

It would demonstrate an understanding of the evolving cultural landscape and a desire to build a more harmonious and equitable society. As well as serve as a symbol of a constant apology to my people for the grave sin of their ancestors, of shedding blood to keep my ancestors in chains. And the requisite 100 years of hate. Oh yeah, and the 1980’s/90’s Anti Drug Laws as well.I’m sure the party founding fathers gave their blessings on that heap of basura.

Resonating with the Constituency

The Democratic Party’s core constituency comprises a significant number of minority voters (36%), including most African Americans(88% of African Americans voted for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016). Changing the name would convey a powerful message of inclusivity, showing that the party is attuned to the concerns and values of the Black community. It would signify a willingness to listen, evolve, and dismantle remnants of the past that perpetuate racial divisions. A new name that embodies progress, unity, and equality would deeply resonate with African American voters, motivating increased engagement and fostering a stronger bond between the party and my people.

Reclaiming the Narrative

A name change offers an opportunity for the Democratic Party to reclaim the narrative and counter oppositional arguments that question its commitment to minority rights. Lately these questions have been very loud and prominent. Shedding a name associated with support for slavery would weaken such criticisms and strengthen the party’s position as a true advocate for equality and justice. It would reflect a sincere effort to address historical injustices and embrace a future free from the weight of a problematic past.

Lead by Example

I agree that in the pursuit of an inclusive society, institutions must adapt and shed historical baggage that hinders progress. The Democratic Party has the opportunity to lead by example, starting with a name change that reflects its values and commitment to inclusivity. By acknowledging the discomfort caused by historical ties and embracing a new name rooted in progress and unity, the party can forge a deeper connection with marginalized communities, particularly African Americans. The time for change is now—to embody the ideals of justice, equality, and progress that the Democratic Party espouses. In doing so, the party can chart a path toward a more inclusive future for all. #changethename

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