So where did the racists go? To the GOP, of course.
Jon, Jon, Jon, at best your ignorance is appalling; at worst, your views are perpetuating slavery. Dixiecrats were Democrat party racists and segregationists. Racists didn't leave the Democrat party. They stayed....and became cautious about their remarks. Robert Byrd is STILL in the Senate. Not much party switching that I can see. They played the race-baiting card to the max. Occasionally, the racism slipped out as it did with LBJ and Harry Reid.
Dixiecrat notables from wikipedia-
* Harry F. Byrd (D-VA), 1933–1965
* A. Willis Robertson (D-VA), 1946–1966
* John C. Stennis (D-MS), 1947–1989
* James O. Eastland (D-MS), 1941–1941, 1943–1978
* Allen J. Ellender (D-LA), 1937–1972
* Russell B. Long (D-LA), 1948–1987
* Thomas Pryor Gore (D-OK), 1906–1921, 1931–1937
* J. Lister Hill (D-AL), 1938–1969
* John J. Sparkman (D-AL), 1946–1979
* Spessard Holland (D-FL), 1946–1971
* George Smathers (D-FL), 1951–1969
* Olin D. Johnston (D-SC), 1945–1965
* Strom Thurmond (D,R-SC), 1954–1956, 1956–2003
* John McClellan (D-AR), 1943–1977
* Richard B. Russell, Jr. (D-GA), 1933–1971
* Herman E. Talmadge (D-GA), 1957–1981
* Herbert S. Walters (D-TN), 1963–1964
When you say the Democrats took over the politics of civil rights you mean they were opportunists who shifted the meaning of the constitution from guaranteeing equal opportunity to guaranteeing personal outcomes by race, status, etc.? That would be the politics of division. It is reprehensible and that is why Martin Luther King was a Republican.
You should try reading the article I linked above. You might learn something from the author
Democrats have been running our inner-cities for the past 30 to 40 years, and blacks are still complaining about the same problems. More than $7 trillion dollars have been spent on poverty programs since Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty with little, if any, impact on poverty. Diabolically, every election cycle, Democrats blame Republicans for the deplorable conditions in the inner-cities, then incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans.
In order to break the Democrats' stranglehold on the black vote and free black Americans from the Democrat Party's economic plantation, we must shed the light of truth on the Democrats. We must demonstrate that the Democrat Party policies of socialism and dependency on government handouts offer the pathway to poverty, while Republican Party principles of hard work, personal responsibility, getting a good education and ownership of homes and small businesses offer the pathway to prosperity.
Ms. Rice is chairman of the National Black Republican Association (NBRA) and may be contacted at http://www.NBRA.info