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PRESIDENTS AS PURVEYORS OF RACISM AND SEXISM, by Jack L. Daniel

Racism and sexism constitute critical aspects of the bad bedrock on which America was built.  This deviance dwelled in the minds and key deeds of the “founding fathers” and it is perniciously practiced by the current POTUS.  To demonstrate how racist and sexist some POTUS’ have been, the following items were developed and the answers are provided at the end of this article.

 

 

 

    

 

1. “I THINK ONE MAN IS AS GOOD AS ANOTHER SO LONG AS HE’S HONEST AND DECENT AND NOT A N***ER OR A CHINAMAN.”

2.      MYTHOLOGY HOLDS THAT HE NEVER TOLD A LIE, BUT HE DID OWN SLAVES.

3.      AS PRESIDENT, HE GRANTED AMNESTY TO CONFEDERATE OFFICALS AND LATER INSTITUTED A NUMBER OF DISCRIMINATORY BLACK CODES.

4.      DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, A CARTOON INDICATED THAT THIS CANDIDATE HAD FATHERED A CHILD OUT OF WEDLOCK.  THE CARTOON SHOWED A WOMAN CARRYING A BABY AND THE BABY SAYING, “MA, MA, WHERE’S MY PA?”

5.      OPPONENTS OF THIS PRESIDENT MAINTAINED HIS MOTHER WAS A PROSTITUTE AND HIS FATHER WAS A MULATTO.

6.      WHEN HE APPOINTED THURGOOD MARSHALL TO THE SUPREME COURT, HE SAID, “…WHEN I APPOINT A N***ER TO THE COURT, I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW HE’S A N***ER.”  HE ALSO REFERRED TO CIVIL RIGHTS LEGISLATION AS “N***ER” BILLS.

7.      DURING THE 1998 CAMPAIGN, SUPPORTERS OF THIS PRESIDENT PRODUCED THE “WILLIE HORTON” AD SHOWING A BLACK MAN WHO WAS CONVICTED OF RAPING A WHITE WOMAN AND STABBING HER PARTNER, BUT WAS RELEASED UNDER A STATE PROGRAM HIS OPPONENT SUPORTED WHILE HE WAS GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS.

8.      AFTER HAVING SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS WITH HIS 22-YEAR-OLD INTERN, THIS 49-YEAR-OLD PRESIDENT DECLARED, “I DID NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS  WITH THAT WOMAN!”  HE WAS IMPEACHED.

9.      THIS PRESIDENT, WHILE CAMPAIGINING SAID, “WHEN MEXICO SENDS ITS PEOPLE, THEY’RE NOT SENDING THEIR BEST.  …THEY’RE BRINGING DRUGS.  THEY’RE BRINGING CRIME.  THEY ARE RAPISTS…”

10.    THIS THEN GOVERNOR AND EVENTUAL PRESIDENT CALLED NIXON AND SAID OF THE TANZANIAN DELEGATION, “TO SEE THOSE, THOSE MONKEYS FROM THOSE AFRICAN COUNTRIES  --DAMN THEM, THEY’RE STILL UNCOMFORTABLE  WEARING SHOES!”

11.    THIS PRESIDENT TOLD THE SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE, “WHITE SOUTHENERS ARE NOT BAD PEOPLE.  ALL THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT IS TO SEE THAT THEIR SWEET LITTLE GIRLS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SIT IN SCHOOL ALONGSIDE SOME BIG OVERGROWN NEGROES.”

12.    IN THE OVAL OFFICE, THIS PRESIDENT SAID, “…THE MEXICANS ARE A DIFFERENT CUP OF TEA.  THEY HAVE A HERITAGE.  AT THE PRESENT TIME THEY STEAL. THEY’RE DISHONEST, BUT THEY DO HAVE SOME CONCEPT OF FAMILY LIFE.  THEY DON’T LIVE LIKE A BUNCH OF DOGS, WHICH THE NEGROES DO LIVE LIKE.”

13.    HE ASKED, “WHY ARE WE HAVING  ALL THESE PEOPLE FROM SHITHOLE COUNTRIES COME HERRE?”

14.    ALTHOUGH AS FIRST LADY HIS WIFE SUPPORTED ANTI-LYNCHING LAWS, THIS PRESIDENT DID NOT DO SO BECAUSE HE FEARED ALIENATING WHITE VOTERS IN THE SOUTH.

15.    FOUNDING FATHER AND 3RD PRESIDENT WROTE, “ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL” BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, OWNED SLAVES.

16.    HE SHOWED “BIRTH OF A NATION” IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONTRIBUTED TO THE REVITALIZATION OF THE KU KLUX KLAN.

17.    THIS PRESIDENT REPEATEDLY SAID THAT FOUR FEMALE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD “GO BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM.”

18.    THIS PRESIDENT SAID, “AFRICAN ARMERICANS WERE INCAPABLE OF SELF-GOVERNMENT AND RELAPSED INTO BARBARISM IF THEY WEREN’T CLOSELY SUPERVISED.”

19.    HE SIGNED SOME OF THE MOST RACIST AND ANTI-IIMIGRATION ACTS, WORRIED ABOUT THE “YELLOW PERIL,” AND IN HIS FIRST ANNUAL ADDRESS, SAID “AMERICA MUST BE KEPT AMERICAN.”

20.    HE BOASTED, “I JUST START KISSING THEM.  …I DON’T EVEN WAIT. AND WHEN YOU’R A STAR, THEY LET YOU DO IT.  YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.  …GRAB ‘EM BY  THE PUSSY. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.”

21.    HIS CONCEPT OF REALITY INCLUDED, “LAZINESS IS A TRAIT IN BLACKS.  IT REALLY IS, I BELIEVE THAT. IT’S NOT ANYTHING THEY CAN CONTROL.”

22.    HE TWEETED AN IMAGE OF HILLARY CLINTON ALONG WITH A PILE OF MONEY AND A JEWISH STAR.

23.    HE MOCKED ELIZABETH WARREN BY CALLING HER POCAHONTAS.

24.    HE SUGGESTED THAT A MEXICAN JUDGE RECUSE HIMSELF BECAUSE OF HIS RACE.

25.    WHEN THE “CENTRAL PARK FIVE” WERE FALSELY ACCUSED, HE TOOK OUT FULL-PAGE ADS INDICATING THEY SHOULD BE FORCED TO SUFFER BY EXECUTION.  HE HAS NEVER APOLOGIZED FOR DOING SO.

As the title of Paul Brandus’ article indicated, “Donald Trump is not America’s first racist president, but hopefully he’ll be our last” (July 17, 2019).  Nor is it the case that POTUS 45 is an aberration from mainstream American society.  Despite his decades of racist and sexist behavior, more than 62 million Americans voted for him, i.e., almost half of those who voted!   Given his plethora of racist and sexist deeds since taking office as well as his constituents’ unwillingness to deem him unfit for office, it can be taken that their silence is tantamount to consent!  And so we remain in a civil war, “testing whether this nation or any nation can long endure” if it was allegedly “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal,” but [1] from its inception enslaved African people, slaughtered Native Americans, disenfranchised women, indentured poor Whites and others; and [2] later exploited Chinese workers as well as interned Japanese citizens!

ANSWERS

1.       Harry S, Truman

2.       George Washington

3.       Andrew Johnson

4.       Grover Cleveland

5.       Andrew Jackson

6.       Lyndon Johnson

7.       George H.SW. Bush

8.       William Clinton

9.       Donald Trump

10.    Ronald Reagan

11.    Dwight D. Eisenhower

12.    Richard Nixon

13.    Donald Trump

14.    Franklin D. Roosevelt

15.    Thomas Jefferson

16.    Woodrow Wilson

17.    Donald Trump

18.    Andrew Johnson

19.    John Calvin Coolidge, Jr.

20.    Donald Trump

21.    Donald Trump

22.    Donald Trump

23.    Donald Trump

24.    Donald Trump

25.    Donald Trump

Jack L. Daniel (pictured above)

Co-Founder, Freed Panther Society

Contributor, Pittsburgh Urban Media

Author, Negotiating a Historically White University While Black

October 2, 2019

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