The Democratic Plantation is a concept originally considered in the 1960s, that continues to be referenced as a way to describe how, African Americans dwelling in the United States have been physically enslaved, since arriving to America from Africa, to the present-day descendants, who, are now also mentally enslaved by the Democratic Party. The concept of the Democratic Plantation, which was originally discussed during the 1960s, proliferated through the decades.
Historian Leah Wright Rigueur first noted that black Republicans criticized the "plantation politics" of the Democratic Party in 1964. The metaphor of the Democratic Party as a slave plantation was mentioned by Richard Nixon in a 1968 interview with Jet magazine. The concept of a Democratic Plantation was later spread throughout the printed media in the 1970s and 1980s, eventually gaining mainstream attention in the 1990s. The idea of the Democratic Plantation was further documented by The Washington Post as recent as January 2019.
Usage in popular culture
In 1992, the Pittsburgh Courier claimed that a Black Repblican "is a kind of bogeyman dressed in a Black tailored suit or immaculate silk dress, to cajole Blacks into believing the Republican Party" and further criticized. White members of the Republican Party applauded black members of the GOP for having the sense to leave the “plantation politics of the Democratic Party.” Pat Buchanan applauded Republican Herman Cain while discussing his Presidential candidacy on CNN in 2011.
During Barack Obama's Presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012, Black conservatives viewed Obama, the first black skinned presidential candidate, as a blatant threat to their social position. In 2011, Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida planned to take voters on the "underground railroad" away from the Democrats "plantation" over to the GOP as a "modern-day Harriet Tubman".
Louis Farrakhan claimed the Democratic Party leadership failed black Americans. He indicated that anyone inclined to support Hillary Clinton were "slaves sold out to the Democratic plantation."
In his 2017 book entitled "The Big Lie", Dinesh D’Souza states, "Only whites — even whites undergoing economic hardship and plagued by cultural dysfunction — have so far resisted succumbing to the lure of the Democratic plantation." D'Souza compared the modern "urban plantations" in his 2018 book and film entitled Death of a Nation. D'Souza indicated that impoverished black communities were being given just enough to get by and "that’s why they remain in misery, and that Democrats were perfectly happy to keep them there, as long as they keep voting 80-90% for the party that’s running the plantation."
In January 2019, the Washington Post published an article discussing the Democratic Plantation. Reportedly, modern black voters were "actively remolding" the Democratic Party and forcing candidates to address the inequities that propagate throughout the United States.
- How the Democratic plantation became one of conservatives’ favorite slurs, https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/01/08/how-democratic-plantation-became-one-conservatives-favorite-slurs/?utm_term=.0275fa1041f9, Tyler D. Parry | The Washington Post, January 8, 2019
- *How the ‘Democratic plantation’ became one of conservatives’ favorite slurs, https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/01/08/how-democratic-plantation-became-one-conservatives-favorite-slurs/?utm_term=.0275fa1041f9, Tyler D. Parry | The Washington Post, January 8, 2019
- Leah Wright Rigueur Wiki-Bio: Married Life, Husband, Children, Net Worth And Family!, https://thecelebscloset.com/leah-wright-rigueur-wiki-bio-married-net-worth/, Michael Rogers, September 30, 2018
- The Forgotten History of Black Republicans, https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-forgotten-history-of-black-republicans, Leah Wright Rigueur | The Daily Beast, February 12, 2015
- Republican Party must rescue blacks from the Democratic plantation, https://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/national-party-news/108957-republican-party-must-rescue-blacks-from-the-democratic-plantation, Armstrong Williams | The Hill, July 15, 2010
- West: I'll lead you off 'plantation', https://www.politico.com/story/2011/08/west-ill-lead-you-off-plantation-061627, JENNIFER EPSTEIN | Politico, August 18, 2011
- Allen West: I Am The Modern Day Harriet Tubman [UPDATE], https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/18/allen-west-harriet-tubman_n_930052.html, Jennifer Bendery | The Huffington Post, August 18, 2011
- Minister Louis Farrakhan on Hillary Clinton: ‘She Must Answer for What She Did to Gadhafi’, https://atlantablackstar.com/2016/04/18/minister-louis-farrakhan-on-hillary-clinton-she-must-answer-for-what-she-did-to-gadhafi/, Ricky Riley | The Atlantic Black Star, April 18, 2016
- A Reverse ‘Farrakhan Litmus Test’ For Hillary?, https://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/straightwords/article_102957.shtml, Richard B. Muhammad | The Final Call, March 15, 2016
- Dinesh D’Souza and the Decline of Conservatism, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/08/dinesh-dsouza-is-making-a-comeback/567233/, David Frum | The Atlantic, August 12, 2018
- Under Trump, a red carpet for Dinesh D’Souza, who claims Hitler was a liberal in new documentary, https://www.washingtonpost.com/, Isaac Stanley-BeckerThe Washington Post, August 2, 2018