Which of the United States Presidents was classified as the most racist?
I discovered by accident that there was a President who was considered as the most racist. Based on what I have read, one of his close buddies may have been Earl Butz.
Andrew Jackson is in the running for certain. Not only did he discriminate heavily against slaves, he also readily discriminated against Native Americans to the extent where he rounded them up and chased them out of their homelands (the Indian Removal Acts).
And then there are the presidents prior to the abolition of slavery, seeing as the majority of them condoned and owned slaves and continued to insist keeping blacks treated as inferior to whites. Though you can argue that they were a product of their time and held the conventional views of the period.
You could also argue Wilson was racist. He supported the pro-KKK film "Birth of a Nation" (which is probably one of the most racist pieces of film EVER) and segregation, and I'm fairly certain he held strong views against the Jews as well.
I agree about both Jackson and Wilson. However, I'm not sure you can call every president before 1865 racist based solely on the failure of those administrations to outlaw slavery. The president doesn't get a vote in Congress and doesn't make laws.
I wasn't calling them racist based on their not abolishing slavery. Many of them owned slaves and treated blacks (and others) as inferior.
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