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APR 2019

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lapbandoflouisville.com 110 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 4.19 WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN ADMIT ONE YOU LOSE YOU WIN Derby 145 MAY 4, 2019 CLUBHOUSE is shift in patterns of white voting from Democrat to Republican in the former slave states became known as the Southern Strategy. Nixon's "law and order" rhetoric in 1968 hyped the threat of revolution from poor black communities, several of which had rioted that year following King's death. In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Miami, Nixon evoked "cities enveloped in smoke and flame." It was time to hear "the quiet voice in the tumult of the shouting… the voice of the great majority of Americans, the forgotten Americans, the non-shouters, the non-demonstrators." is was Nixon's "silent majority," a phrase Nunn claimed to have given him. By the time Nixon arrived in Louisville for the Derby, the national Republican Party had all but given up on black voters. Black Louisvillians had split almost evenly between Republican and Democratic candidates in the decades after World War II. ey saw the shifting winds in 1963, when the Nation called out Nunn for operating Kentucky's first "outright segregationist campaign" in his first bid for governor. Nunn called Democratic Gov. Bert Combs' order desegregating Kentucky's public accommodations a "dictatorial edict" forced on the state by U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Despite being a virtual newcomer, Nunn narrowly lost that race. When he ran again in 1967, Nunn denounced "forced" housing and vowed to rid Kentucky of civil rights "agitators" like Carl and Anne Braden, who had helped the African-American couple Andrew and Charlotte Wade buy a home in an all-white neighborhood. (e house was later fire-bombed.) Neal recalled changing his registration from Republican to Democrat in 1967 — rejecting Nunn and embracing Louisville Democrats pushing an open- housing ticket. When the state legislature passed its own open-housing bill in 1968 — the first measure of its kind south of the Ohio River — Nunn protested by letting it go into law without his signature. Outside Churchill Downs, the BSU students circled with pickets bearing messages including "Where is Oswald when we need him?" A group of anti-war demonstrators who had driven down from the University of Cincinnati yielded to the U of L group, explaining that the black students' cause was more important that day. Police kept watch while the picketers shouted occasional Black Power slogans, ignoring taunts from some Derbygoers. Hudson gave a C-J reporter a written statement that asked why, with millions "squandered" on "which animal will win a race," couldn't the "same amount of money (go) to black people — that black people might help black people?" Referring to stereotypes of blacks as submissive and contented, the BSU questioned, "If people can journey across the North American continent to witness animals galloping around a track, why is it that no one will journey across town to find living proof that Black People are not figments of an insane imagination?" Inside the gates, the first Derby horse stepped onto the track and the University of Louisville marching band struck the opening notes of "My Old Kentucky Home." Not everyone sang the old and much-critiqued lyrics, but this is how they appeared in the program: e sun shines bright, on the Old Kentucky Home. 'Tis summer, the darkies are gay.

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