The First Racist President

Recently Dem candidate Joe Biden has said that Trump was the first racist president…..

Joe Biden on Wednesday dubbed Donald Trump the nation’s “first” racist president. “The way he deals with people based on the color of their skin, their national origin, where they’re from, is absolutely sickening,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said at a virtual town hall. “No sitting president has ever done this. Never, never, never. No Republican president has done this. No Democratic president. We’ve had racists, and they’ve existed. They’ve tried to get elected president. He’s the first one that has.” As the AP points out, “many presidents—including the nation’s first, George Washington—owned slaves.” The HuffPost put it more bluntly: “He’s wrong,” it declared on Biden. NBC News notes Biden’s campaign later issued a statement acknowledging, “There have been a number of racist American presidents, but Trump stands out—especially in modern history—because he made running on racism and division his calling card and won.”

In addition to the slave-owning presidents, the HuffPost points out that Andrew Jackson was responsible for forcing indigenous people off their native lands and onto the “Trail of Tears”; he also would order “harsh, even brutal punishment for enslaved people who disobeyed orders.” Ronald Reagan was caught on tape calling African UN delegates “monkeys,” Woodrow Wilson supported segregation and segregated several federal agencies, and Franklin D. Roosevelt had Japanese-Americans placed in internment camps.

Come on Joe!

To my mind the first was Woodrow Wilson…..

He may have been the only president with a PhD……but he was also a supporter of the KKK and tried to roll back the progress Blacks had made since the Civil War.

Wilson was also a segregationist who wrote a history textbook praising the Confederacy and, in particular, the Ku Klux Klan. As president, he rolled back hard-fought economic progress for Black Americans, overseeing the segregation of multiple agencies of the federal government. 

Wilson is often associated with the state of New Jersey because that’s where he served as governor and as president of Princeton University. But he was born in antebellum Virginia in 1856 and lived in Georgia during the Civil War. His parents supported the Confederacy, and Wilson’s five-volume history textbook, A History Of The American People, echoes those attitudes. The book adheres to what historians call the “Lost Cause” narrative, a non-factual view of history that romanticizes the Confederacy, describes the institution of slavery as a gentle patrician affair, recasts the Civil War as being about states’ rights instead of slavery and demonizes Reconstruction-era efforts to improve the lives of the formerly enslaved.

https://www.history.com/news/woodrow-wilson-racial-segregation-jim-crow-ku-klux-klan

Most presidents were racist in one way or another…..but for me it was Woodrow Wilson……I will admit that Trump may be one of the most racist presidents….but that is just my opinion.

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12 thoughts on “The First Racist President

  1. I don’t doubt all of them had some form of prejudice ingrained in them. It is the mark of the man if he doesn’t let that affect the way he carries out his important job.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Yep. I agree with you. And that’s why I’d also add Andrew Jackson to the mix…his treatment and views on Native Americans definitely affected the way he did his job.

      1. I don’t think anyone of any colour is totally free of prejudice of some kind. We get it from our parents and family as children, and have to do our best to educate ourselves out of it.

  2. There’s an old expression I think we need to be reminded of these days. When we point the finger at someone in condemnation, there three pointing back at us.

      1. My problem with prejudices is this. I know where my bloodlines come from. An example is the first “Franklin” in the recorded family tree. She’s half Cherokee, half black. Her father was black, and where he came from I haven’t a clue, much less how he ended up being a member of the tribe. About the only blood I feel pretty safe in saying I don’t’ have is anything from east Asia.

        The way I look at it I could deny history or accept it and embrace the fact I’m the child of a lot of different bloodlines. To hate any particular peopel would have the effect of hating something about myself.

        And that just isn’t logical.

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