Yes Paul Krugman, Republicans are the party of civil rights. If you equate civil rights with judging people not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
It is the left who is hung up on the skin color. The evidence is everywhere, just read the New York Times.
NYT | Paul Krugman WRITES: Anyway, given the flap over his assertion that he wouldn’t support the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some Republicans are making the argument that they were the party of civil rights, while Democrats were the enemies. And there’s some truth to that: in the 1950s and early 1960s, the opponents of civil right were largely Southern Democrats.PTTF