quote:SEATTLE - Wayne Perryman filed a significant reparations lawsuit in 2004, one addressing critical aspects of Black history in America. He chose to go up against the Democratic National Party (DNP) but not many have heard anything about it, nor have many Black leaders come aboard to voice support. The suit was dismissed two times before he refiled late last year but now the case is pending further action in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th circuit, docket #0535890.
Perryman, an associate pastor of Mt. Calvary Christian COGIC, did not file the suit asking for millions of dollars, his only requests were that the DNP issue a national apology for its past racist policies and practices toward Blacks, and that they fund production of a series of documentaries which would record and preserve the tainted legacy of the party with free distribution to all public and private schools in the country.
He outlined a number of Democratic transgressions in his book, "Unfounded Loyalty: An In-depth Look Into the Love Affair Between Blacks and the Democrats." In it, and in his lawsuit, he details events which occurred from 1792 through 2002 which show the pattern of bias and racism that came from the political party.
"I [identified] all the things the Democratic party specifically and deliberately did to Blacks, so it's not a case frozen in history. It comes all the way up through Jim Crow, the 1960s and the fact that up to 2002, the party never elected a Black man as senator," he said. However, he noted that a Black woman senator was elected a few years prior to that date and the first Black male senator a few years after.
One of the proofs he cites in his case is that Republicans, in 1866, introduced a senate bill for reparations but Democratic President Andrew Johnson vetoed it. "We would have had reparations if it weren't for the Democrats," Perryman said. He also asserts that it was in Democratic controlled states where Blacks were doused in kerosene, set on fire and lynched, many times while their homes were simultaneously being burned to the ground. All the while, Democratic mayors, judges and other elected officials joined in and cheered the activities along or looked the other way.
The activist admitted that he broke down crying many times during his research which also revealed that it was those same states which pushed for fugitive slave laws; passed "black codes," and jim crow and miscegenation laws at the state level. He also noted that in the 1860s, the Democratic, national, presidential campaign slogan touted that it was the party of "white supremacy."
"You never found anywhere or [in] any public record where the Democratic party ever apologized," the former Democrat said, adding that he believes last year's Resolution 39, the government's official apology for lynching, was inspired by his lawsuit as it was introduced by a Democratic, southern senator on the same day the DNP was to have responded to his lawsuit in federal court. The author views that effort as one aimed at circumventing his case, however, the irony, he said, was in the fact that it was Republicans who congressional records show were introducing anti-lynching laws in the 1870s, laws that were never passed or supported by Democrats.
Perryman, now an Independent, wants the true history of the Democratic party to become widely known - whether he wins or loses his legal case. He also desires to see Blacks become more knowledgeable of the political process and that they need representation in both parties along with bipartisan coalitions to affect real change on their issues of concern.
He stated that the DNP has hired a large, corporate law firm for their defense while he represents himself, pro se, and he also lamented that the National Bar Association, even though aware of the case, has refused to offer assistance through their network of thousands of Black judges and attorneys.
"I'm out here fighting by myself but David fought Goliath and the Lord helped him," he said optimistically. "I'm just praying God will help me prevail."
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