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(Some Guy)   100 years ago today, a great presidential civil rights address from...wait, Warren Harding? in Alabama?   (voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu) divider line
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2021-10-26 5:04:12 PM  
5 votes:
Woodrow Wilson re-segregated the US Government. Mr Harding could have reversed that.
 
2021-10-26 6:37:16 PM  
4 votes:
Republican Presidents were elected without the (solidly Democratic) South, but they couldn't get nominated without the Southern Republicans, many of them were black.  They paid lip service to racial issues and occasionally did stuff that was marginally less racist.  I don't remember Harding actually doing anything.
 
2021-10-26 7:19:34 PM  
4 votes:
> [13] Indeed, we will be wise to recognize it as wider yet. Whoever will take the time to read and ponder Mr. Lothrop Stoddard's book on The Rising Tide of Color, or, say, the thoughtful review of some recent literature of this question which Mr. F. D. Lugard presented in a recent Edinburg Review, must realize that our race problem here in the United States is only a phase of a race issue that the whole world confronts. Surely we shall gain nothing by blinking the fact, by refusing to give thought to them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lothrop_Stoddard
Theodore Lothrop Stoddard (June 29, 1883 - May 1, 1950) was an American historian, journalist, political scientist, white supremacist, and white nationalist. Stoddard wrote several books which advocated eugenics and scientific racism, including The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy (1920). He advocated a racial hierarchy which he believed needed to be preserved through anti-miscegenation laws.

He was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, where his books were recommended reading.[1][2][3][
 
2021-10-26 6:24:17 PM  
3 votes:
He was certainly better than most from that time, but the text is most definitely racist.
 
2021-10-26 6:42:54 PM  
3 votes:

TheMysteriousStranger: He was certainly better than most from that time, but the text is most definitely racist.


By our standards most certainly, a century ago those sentiments were radically progressive.

But then most progressives were Republican back then.  It would take a few more decades before they flipped social positions and in the case of the GOP, slowly became a nightmarish caricature of it's purported ideals.
 
2021-10-26 4:36:34 PM  
2 votes:
And 21 months later, he "died". Obama lived in Illinois, and Illinois was the 21st state.

Coincidence? I think not.
 
2021-10-26 7:09:45 PM  
2 votes:

TheMysteriousStranger: He was certainly better than most from that time, but the text is most definitely racist.


Indeed.  From the speech:

"Politically and economically there need be no occasion for great and permanent differentiation, for limitations of the individual's opportunity, provided that on both sides there shall be recognition of the absolute divergence in things social and racial. When I suggest the possibility of economic equality between the races, I mean it in precisely the same way and to the same extent that I would mean it if I spoke of equality of economic opportunity as between members of the same race. In each case I would mean equality proportioned to the honest capacities and deserts of the individual.

"Men of both races may well stand uncompromisingly against every suggestion of social equality. Indeed, it would be helpful to have that word "equality" eliminated from this consideration; to have it accepted on both sides that this is not a question of social equality, but a question of recognizing a fundamental, eternal, and inescapable difference. We shall have made real progress when we develop an attitude in the public and community thought of both races which recognizes this difference."

How does one go about promoting political and economic equality in a society that stands uncompromisingly against every suggestion of social equality?  The fear of social equality was partly responsible for blocking political and economic equality.

For example:

Chief Justice Earl Warren . . . blamed President Eisenhower for much of the nation after the Supreme Court's school desegregation decisions in the 1950s.
Warren also said that Eisenhower once defended Southern advocates of segregation as "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."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1977/03/13/warren-book-blames-ike-for-50s-strife/7e2eb1d2-fc82-4aa5-bca2-99833223e44f/
 
2021-10-26 10:49:06 PM  
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Harding wasn't so much a bad person as he was inept. He thought his poker buddies would make great Cabinet secretaries. His presidency played out like a more destructive Three Stooges movie, but there's no evidence he was actively evil.
 
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