The L.A. Times gets a big fat “F” in 20th century American Civil Rights history for this ignorant statement:
Since Democrats led the passage of civil rights legislation that marchers pushed for in 1963, Republicans have struggled to recover with black voters, leaving a stark racial divide in American politics.
Fortunately, Larry Elders sets them straight:
Only 64 percent of Democrats in Congress voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act (153 for, 91 against in the House; and 46 for, 21 against in the Senate). But 80 percent of Republicans (136 for, 35 against in the House; and 27 for, 6 against in the Senate) voted for the 1964 Act.
So, exactly which party led the passage of the legislation in Congress? Last time I checked my math, 80% was greater than 64%. That would indicate to me that it was the Republicans leading the way. Without their overwhelming support, despite Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate, this legislation would not have passed since Democrats were far, far short of the 218 they needed in the House (65 votes to be precise) and four votes short of 50 in the Senate despite commanding 67 seats.