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  •  "first Racist in Chief" (18+ / 0-)

    Washington - owned slaves
    Jefferson - owned slaves, was really into pseudoscience that intelligence had racial component, fucked slave who was his dead wife's half-sister.
    Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor - owned slaves.  Jackson appointed Taney, who would rule that freed slaves were not citizens of the United States. Plus, trail of tears.
    Filmore - signed fugitive slave act.  Polk supported and Taylor commanded a war with Mexico largely to expand slavery.
    Pierce - actively enforced fugitive slave act, signed Kansas-Nebraska Act.
    Buchanan - supported pro-slavery Kansas constitution.
    Johnson - owned slaves; weakened reconstruction.
    Wilson - re-segreated Washington D.C.  Was really, really, racist.
    Nixon - Southern Strategy
    Reagan - Southern Strategy applied to the North.

    list incomplete, clearly.
     

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 11:03:04 AM PDT

    •  Only blacks are racists. (5+ / 0-)

      Didn't you get the memo?

      When you look long into the abyss, make lemonade.

      by kitebro on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 11:09:39 AM PDT

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    •  George W. Bush (0+ / 0-)

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 11:10:39 AM PDT

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    •  And two who were slightly antislavery (0+ / 0-)

      died under circumstances that could be attributed to poison.  Frederick Douglass believed they actually were poisoned by Southron Sympathizers:

      Zachary Taylor
      William Henry Harrison

      Taylor seems the more likely poisoning case since his death occured after eating at a Washington Monument fundraiser and several of his cabinet members came down with a similar illness.

      Taylor was also the more unequivically antislavery president since he failed to push for it's extension into western territories.  Not wanting to expandand slavery was in the minds of southerners the same as wanting to abolish it.  It wasn't an unreasonable assumption since many antislavery politicians including Lincoln believed that if slavery could be contained to the South it would eventually wither away.  

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 11:59:05 AM PDT

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      •  "Unequivocally" (0+ / 0-)

        Too late to blame it on lack of coffee...

        "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

        by Subterranean on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 12:00:24 PM PDT

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      •  Harrison not, however, pro-Native american. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        Subterranean

        Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

        by Loge on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 01:37:11 PM PDT

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        •  Not at all (0+ / 0-)

          And not really antislavery either.  But the Southern Slave Power regarded him as less than pure because early in his career he briefly opposed the expansion of slavery into one of the territories.  

          Notably, both Taylor and Harrison were both slave owners, and before them only the Adams's did not own other human beings.

          "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

          by Subterranean on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 02:34:26 PM PDT

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          •  van buren was an abolitionist, (0+ / 0-)

            but his association with Jackson probably tainted him.

            The awful thing is there's a whole generation of nerds who revere James K. Polk because of the They Might be Giants song.

            Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

            by Loge on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 04:58:45 PM PDT

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