The GOP was founded by anti-slavery abolitionists in 1854. The Republican Lincoln administration and Republican congress ended slavery over ferocious Democrat opposition with the 13th Amendment. Republicans delivered the 14th Amendment, giving citizenship to former slaves, full representation to African-Americans, and equal protection under the law for all people regardless of race. Our party was the driving force that passed the 15th Amendment, giving African American men the right to vote.
In 1890 Wyoming, under Republican control, was admitted into the union as the first state that allowed women to vote. The 19th amendment, granting Women’s suffrage, was passed in 1919 by a Republican dominated House and a Republican Senate. It had failed to pass in the prior Democrat congress.
In 1957 Republican president Dwight Eisenhower ordered the desegregation of schools in Arkansas. He was opposed by the racist Democrat Governor who called up the Arkansas National Guard. Eisenhower nationalized the entire Arkansas National Guard and sent in the 101st Airborne Division. The intervention of President Eisenhower, is considered to be one of the most important events in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
In 1965 the Voting Rights Act passed the senate with the support of 94% of Republican senators versus only 73% of Democrats.
Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, thereby making 3 million Hispanics legal residents of the United States. In his first term Obama deported 1.5 times more immigrants on average per month than President George Bush.
Republicans have nominated a woman as a Vice-Presidential candidate and fought Democrat opposition to put an African-American on the Supreme Court. CBS News characterized the George Bush Cabinet as a “minority led cabinet.”
Despite this glorious Republican history, more than 70% of non-white voters chose the Democrat presidential candidate. Democrats enjoyed a 12% edge among women in 2012.
Republicans have failed to tell voters that the Republican party is now and always has been the party of freedom and individual rights. The Democrats, who resisted every one of the major expansions of liberty described above, have stolen the high ground and used omission and distortion to portray a situation that is 180-degrees out of sync with reality. That being said, the game being played here is political hardball. The GOP must tell their own story to freedom-loving minorities and claim their rightful status as the party where minorities will find the true champions of liberty. And liberty is the only way forward.