She is quoted in the Washington Post thus:
Even among proponents of a congressional apology, reaction to yesterday's vote was mixed. Carol M. Swain, a professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University who had pushed for the Bush administration to issue an apology, called the Democratic-controlled Senate's resolution "meaningless" since the party and federal government are led by a black president and black voters are closely aligned with the Democratic party.
"The Republican Party needed to do it," Swain said. "It would have shed that racist scab on the party."
It's that last bit that is truly bizarre: the pedigree of the Republican Party is anything but racist, if you would bother to actually look at the history of the party of Lincoln. It is a party that was created as an antislavery party, it is the party that proposed the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the constitution, and it is the party that provided the support for the Civil Rights Act of President Johnson when the members of President Johnson's own party almost stopped it from becoming law.If anything, the Democratic Party has been the party of institutionalized racism and segregation, especially southern Democrats, whose legacy is repugnant.
This is mind-boggling: the racist scab that Swain refers to is the invention of the modern and has no relationship to the past. This is a travesty of history at best: it is the epitome of the Big Lie.
And it is utter stupidity from academia. Stay tuned for more: there's a lot more coming...