Rep. Keith Ellison: Democrats Will Unite And Take Back The Country
Rep. Keith Ellison: Democrats Will Unite and Take Back the Country
Ellison represents Minnesota’s Fifth District
Unity is often discussed, but difficult to obtain and maintain. In 1964, Democrats unified around Civil Rights to create a winning coalition. That unity took guts, especially since it risked the last of the Southern Democrats.
Four years later, in 1968, the Democratic convention was marked by conflicts about Vietnam, race, and the assassinations of MLK, Bobby Kennedy and Malcolm X. Discord and the inability to pull the coalitions together led to the Nixon Administration, which brought us the War on Drugs, the Southern Strategy, Watergate, etc. When Democrats fail to unite, the American people pay.