Well let's deal with your lie first. Dixiecrats were NOT Republicans they were Democrats and when their Dixcrat campaign failed they went back to the Democrat party which welcomed them and the were relected as Democrats. And your claim that Democrats switched parties because of civil rights is just as bogus, why would they switch from the party that fought against the Civil Rights bills to the party that was overwhelming in favor of the bills and broke the back of the Democrat filibusters to get the bills passed? And the dogs and firehoses were put upon the civil rights protestors by DEMOCRATS who remained DEMOCRAT.
But let's see you substantiate your claim, other than Stom Thrumond who switched not to deny civil rights, who are you claiming was a Dixiecrat who switched to the Republicans because of civil rights?
No it was used in the context of black audience at a celebration of civil rights, along with her "and you know what I'm talking about " wink wink nod nod, smear against Republicans. It was meant to paint Republicans as slave owners to that audience. She purposely used that word for it racial conotation. It was disgraceful and she owes an appology. And of course is is a blantant lie on it's face anyway.
Dixiecrats were Conservative Democrats.
Civil Rights is a Liberal Ideal.
Of the 10 Republican Congressmen that were in the South, a big ZERO voted for the Civil Rights act.
Of the 87 Democratic Congressmen that were in the South, 7 voted for the Civil Rights act.
Of the 145 Democratic Congressmen that were in the North, only 9 voted against the Civil Rights act.
Of the 138 Republican Congressmen that were in the North, 24 voted against the Civil Rights act.
So, we can conclude that while the Civil Rights Act enjoyed little support among Southern Democrats, it enjoyed absolutely NO Support Among Southern Republicans.
We can also conclude that while the Civil Rights Act enjoyed strong support among Northern Republicans, it enjoyed even Stronger Support Among Northern Democrats.
Moreover, President Johnson, a liberal Democrat, backed Civil Rights legislation knowing that it would loose the Democrats the South.
Barry Goldwater, a Republican (very conservative at the time, would be a moderate Republican today), lost in a landslide, yet won the South because of his stern opposition to Federal Civil Rights legislation.
Ronald Reagan, the Republican Jesus, was also on the record as being sternly opposed to Federal Civil Rights legislation. Commenting in 1980 that the Voting Rights Act had been “humiliating to the South”. Moreover, Ronald Reagan strongly backed segregationist Bob Jones University (the Republican Flagship School) in their efforts to obtain IRS Tax Exemptions. The IRS denies Tax Exemptions to Segregationist Schools.
Ronald Reagan also said in his 1966 campaign for Governor of California: "If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house, it is his right to do so."
George H.W. Bush strongly opposed the Civil Rights act in his 1964 run for the U.S. Senate.
It is also worth pointing out that the Republican realignment of the South specifically coincides with the Passage of Civil Rights legislation. The South went Republican because they felt that the Democratic Party had left them when the Democrats support Civil Rights.
It is also worth pointing out that typically 9 out of 10 African Americans vote Democrat. Moreover, there is not a single African American Republican Congressman. This is despite the fact that the Republicans are the party in power.