“For the record.” Former U.S. Presidents rank on Race Relations and Diversity. Hmmmm!!

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imagesCAZ4RH10                                                  By Greg Greer, Editor at Large, One world Journal

                                                             

   PresidentialSealGeorge Washington #1 U.S. President.

George Washington
George Washington

                          

George Washington, the first President of the United States, was a slave master for substantially all of his days. Washington was the only significant planter among the seven Founding Fathers to liberate his slaves. His will provided for freeing his slaves upon the death of his surviving wife Martha Washington, but she freed them about 12 months after his death. At various times in his life, Washington secretly expressed firm support for the progressive abolition of slavery.

 Thomas Jefferson #3 U.S. President  

Thomas Jefferson declared that all men were created equal, but he also owned numerous or more than 100 slaves. While others like George Washington freed their human property during the Revolutionary War, Jefferson did not, according to New York Times contributor Paul Finkelman. Even when Jefferson died, his will freed only five of his nearly 200 slaves and those were his children with love interest and slave Sally Hemings, though she remained enslaved after his passing.

Thomas Jefferson and love interest Slave Sally Hemings
Thomas Jefferson and love interest Slave Sally Hemings

We are endlessly intrigued with Jefferson, in part because we seem helpless to adapt the rhetoric of liberty in his work with the reality of his slave owning and his life support for slavery. Today and repeatedly, we play down the latter in favor of the former or write off the inconsistency as somehow indicative of his complicated depths.

 

   

Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson

                       Andrew Jackson’s #7 U.S. President  

Throughout Andrew Jackson’s military and political career, he endeavored to develop the American Southern boundary, ultimately defeating British, Spanish, and Native Americans in the region. These efforts thrust him to public fame and opened up enormous tracks of land to appreciative white Americans that essentially turned these lands into slave-based cotton plantations.

Like most Southerners, Andrew Jackson held slavery up absolutely despite the apparent moral dilemmas it poses to us in his day, and attempted to undo many of the accomplishments of all his predecessors.

The Indian Removal order of President Andrew Jackson was inspired by the desire of white homesteaders in the South to expand into lands belonging to five Indian tribes. Jackson Then forged the blood-spattered relocation of more than 15,000 members of the Cherokee tribe who were forced to walk from their haven in the southern states to indicated Indian Territory in present day Oklahoma in 1838.

This notorious event became known as the “Trail of Tears” in consequence of the great hardship suffered by Cherokees. Because of the harsh brutal conditions, approximately 4,000 Cherokees perished on the Trail of Tears.

Abraham Lincoln #16 U.S. President

Abe

Although it is true that Lincoln viewed slavery as an evil and harmful institution, it is also true as this paper will reveal that he shared the conviction of nearly all Americans of his generation, and of many notable statesmen before and after him, that blacks could not be adapted into white society. He discarded the opinion of social equality of the races, and adhered to the view that blacks should be resettled elsewhere. As President, he supported plans to remove blacks from the United States.

interestingly Abraham Lincoln’s DNA evidence from a lock Lincoln’s hair which proves that he had a very strong African genetic link and was “half black.” His chromosome makeup is very specific to West African DNA patterns and this suggests that Abraham’s real father was indeed of African origin,” Dr. Alan Holdsworth, who is the chief Anthropologist on this project told National Geographic magazine.  Lincoln’s mother was having an affair with a black plantation worker and new DNA evidence suggests that Abraham was the couples child. Secret love letters unearthed in 2003 reveal that Lincoln’s mother was conducting a clandestine affair with a slave named Iemis from a Kentucky plantation.

      Theodore Roosevelt #26 U.S. President  

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During his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt instituted a mixed record in his association with American blacks as evidenced by the following event:

Booker T. Washington`s Visit to the White House. In late 1901, Booker T. Washington, the famous black educator and spokesperson, was requested to the White House to inform the president. Following a successful interchange of opinions, Roosevelt urged Washington to dine with him.

Booker T Washington
Booker T Washington

This gathering was widely published in the press and created an uproar in the South, in which it was a common belief that it was improper for whites and blacks to mingle culturally. This situation negatively influenced Roosevelt`s relations with Southern Congressmen for the remainder of his duration of his time in office.

Blacks, notwithstanding, gave the president high marks for accepting one of their leaders and for being subjected to bitter critique for his action.

As for Roosevelt`s views, he was definitely a believer in Anglo-Saxon superiority, but not to the extent that it precluded him from seeking advice from members of other races.

 

  

Woodrow Wilson during his first term as president. ca. 1910s
Woodrow Wilson during his first term as president. ca. 1910

Woodrow Wilson’s #28 U.S. President  

Woodrow Wilson’s account on race associations was not very pleasant. African-Americans embraced his election in 1912, but they were troubled too. During his initial term in position, the House passed a law declaring racial intermarriage a crime in the District of Columbia. His new Postmaster General also ordered that his Washington facilities and the entire District of Columbia Area be segregated with the Treasury and Navy soon doing the same. Suddenly, photographs were required of all applicants for federal jobs. When pressed by black leaders, Wilson replied, “The purpose of these measures was to reduce the friction It is as far as possible from being a movement against the Negroes. I sincerely believe it to be in their interest.” As president, Wilson confronted a new generation of militant African-American leaders, men like William Monroe Trotter, W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey, who had begun to challenge their more conservative elders – and expectations and assumptions of much of white America.

 

Harding #29, Coolidge#30, U.S. Presidents  

COOLIDGE
COOLIDGE
HARDING
HARDING

The Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover governments (1921-1932) more remote alienated blacks from American practical government, declining to validate anything correlated to civil rights. President Harding upheld Wilson’s policies of federal segregation, and his Justice administration did nothing to look into lynchings or the actions of the Ku Klux Klan. President Coolidge approved the Republican prototype of a “lily-white” party, further separating black Americans, and argued that the federal government should not intervene with local race issues.

The complicity of Republicans and Democrats on race was complete. President Hoover prohibited blacks from federal agencies and executive branches, and his administration would not permit blacks to work on federal planning jobs 

                                             Franklin D. Roosevelt #32 U.S. PresidentimagesCA4JHA5C

Japanese-American World War II civilian internment installations. (1942)
Japanese-American World War II civilian internment installations. (1942)

In a climate of World War II hysteria, President Roosevelt, backed by officials at all levels of the federal government, commissioned the internment of tens of thousands of American civilians of Japanese ancestry and resident immigrants from Japan. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, dated February 19, 1942, and opened the military broad powers to ban any citizen from a fifty to sixty-mile-wide coastal area stretching from Washington state to California and stretching inland into southern Arizona.

Ronald Regan called the act “Racist,” and approved August 10, 1988, H.R. 442, or “An Act to carry out recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians” and awarded restitution payments of $20,000 to Japanese-American descendants of World War II civilian internment installations.

  Harry S. Truman #33 U.S. President

HARRY TRUMAN
HARRY TRUMAN

President Harry S. Truman apportioned the common racial prejudices of his childhood in Missouri. As historian David McCullough described in his biography of Truman: He appeared not in support of racial equality for blacks, and he said so. But he required justice and impartiality before the law. [McCullough, David, Truman, Simon and Schuster, 1992, p. 247] Whatever his private views, Truman understood that as President, he must arise above them. On December 5, 1946, he approved an Executive Order 9808 authorizing the President’s Committee on Civil Rights to assess the state of civil rights, organize a report, and make judgments “with respect to the approval or establishment, by enactment of law or otherwise, of more adequate and efficient means and methods for the assurance of the civil rights of the people of the United States.” Charles E. Wilson, the Chairman of General Electric, chaired the board. Truman’s advisors, either from the North or South, were sure he was engaging in political self-slaughter by tackling the issue. [Truman, p. 570]

 Richard Milhous Nixon #37 U.S. President 

Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon

 Richard Nixon was racist. He also loved to document conversations — like the 265 hours that were published by the Nixon Presidential Library. Hint: He didn’t think much of blacks or Jews.

Nixon wasn’t particularly fond of anyone who wasn’t white and/or heterosexual. He believed the Jews were all commies who aspired to legalize weed, and “Negro bastards” only wanted to “remain like a bunch of dogs” on public assistance. He even described ancient Greeks and Romans as “fags.” But that’s old news! The original set of tapes, from February and March of 1973, made available online through the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, have an abundance an of nuggets for folks to pick over.

 

                                                   Nixon, on Blacks:

Bill Rogers has got — to his credit it’s a decent feeling — but somewhat sort of blind spot on the black thing because he’s been in New York,” Nixon said. “He says well, ‘they are coming along, and that after all they are going to strengthen our country in the end because they are strong physically and some of them are smart.’ So forth and so on.

“My own view is I think he’s right if you’re talking in terms of 500 years,” he said. “I think it’s wrong if you’re talking in terms of 50 years. What has to happen is they have been, frankly, inbred. And, you just, that’s the only thing that’s going to do it, Rose.”

And famous Jew Henry Kissinger, on Russian Jews:

The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy,” Mr. Kissinger said. “And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”

“I know,” Nixon responded. “We can’t blow up the world because of it.”

 

George W Bush’s #43 and George H Bush’s# 41 U.S. Presidents  

George W Bush's #43 and George H Bush's# 44 US Presidents
George W Bush’s #43 and George H Bush’s# 41 U.S. Presidents

 George W Bush’s grandpa and George H Bush’s dad, the late US senator Prescott Bush was an administrator and shareholder of corporations that benefited from their association with the business sponsors of Hitler and Nazi Germany.

The confirmation files in the US National Archives show a firm of which Prescott Bush was an administrator was connected with the economic designers of Nazism.

Prescott Bush’s business dealings, which endured until his business’s assets were taken in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led further than 60 years following to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave laborers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election dispute.

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George W. Bush has disconcerting quotes, but it does not make him the inferior president or a bad person. Bush was unlucky enough to suffer from a stutter when speaking in public which was the start of his contempt, but by the end of his presidency he had said plenty adequate and embarrassing quotes to shame himself as a terrible public speaker. Most often these quotes were corrected. Interpreting the quotes below should open up eyes to the character of man George W. Bush really is, a person who often makes errors.

Do you have blacks too?” America should be partially embarrassed for this since it was said to the Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso in 2001. Not only is this question unbelievably racist it is also incredibly ignorant. George W. Bush should not only be embarrassed by this question, but also ashamed he ever asked it all.

Bush

 

                                                          Bill Clinton #42 U.S.President  imagesCA83R5EU

  The forceful 2008 support of Barack Obama by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy – and Kennedy’s unexpected split with the Clinton’s – was prompted in part by a racist remark made by Bill Clinton to Kennedy over the phone, according to a new campaign book.

The book, Game Change, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, asserts on page 218 that after Obama won the Iowa caucuses, Clinton called Kennedy to press for an endorsement from the influential Massachusetts liberal. But the call backfired, according to the authors, and left Kennedy deeply offended.

The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and urged for an endorsement, presenting the petition for his wife. But Bill suddenly went on, belittling Obama in behavior that strongly offended Kennedy. Describing the discussion later to a friend, Teddy boiled that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

Clinton and Obama
Clinton and Obama

During Hillary Rodham Clinton’s initial bid against Obama in 2008, the former president famously trussed out at Obama’s operations for “playing the race card on me.”

The criticism came after Bill Clinton had likened Obama’s primary performance in South Carolina with the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s pioneering victories in the state, which in turn led the senator from Illinois to respond: “Former President Clinton dismissed my victory in South Carolina as being similar to Jesse Jackson, and he is suggesting that somehow I had something to do with it…. I have no idea what he meant.”

Only History Awaits the overall legency of Barack Obama…………..You be the judge! 

  Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, and Social Activist Gregg Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at one1worldtoday@gmail.com

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