Conservatives keep popping up on my board to argue that Democrats are racists given their position during the 19th century. So let's learn some more history, shall we? The two parties switched platforms during the Civil Rights Era. That is why much of the current Republican Party consists of the former Confederacy, or "red" states. This also explains why former Civil Rights leaders and descendants of slaves, such as John Lewis and Michelle Obama, are Democrats. Sigh.