Land of the Free: 7 Racist Statements by US Presidents

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Abraham Lincoln, 1858

“I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races — that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes.”

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Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964

“I’ll have those blacks voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”

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Ronald Reagan. 1980

In 1980, Ronald Reagan told biographer Laurence Barrett that the 1965 Voting Rights Act was “humiliating to the South.”

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Harry Truman, 1913

”I think one man is just as good as another so long as he’s not a n*gger or a Chinaman. Uncle Will says that the Lord made a white from dust, a black from mud, then He threw up what was left and it came down a Chinaman.”

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Andrew Jackson, 1832

Andrew Jackson recaptured four of his slaves who had run away:  “Although I hate chains (I was) compelled to  place two of them in irons, for safekeeping until an opportunity offers to sell or exchange them.”

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George Washington

1786: George Washington complained about a Quaker abolitionist society: “I can only say that no man living wishes more sincerely than I do to see the abolition of (slavery) … But when slaves who are happy and content to remain with their present masters, are tampered with and seduced to leave them … it introduces more evils than it can cure.”

1796: Oney (or Ona) Judge ran away to New Hampshire. She was one of Washington’s slaves – Martha’s personal servant. President Washington asked the Treasury Secretary for help in getting her back: “I am sorry to give you, or any one else trouble on such a trifling occasion, but the ingratitude of the girl, who was brought up and treated more like a child than a Servant (and Mrs Washington’s desire to recover her) ought not to escape with impunity if it can be avoided.”

Read More: http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/09/16/land-free-7-racist-statements-u-s-presidents/

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