Yet another reason not to like President Woodrow Wilson

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Wilson was basically the guy who let progressivism get started in the Democrat party. The majority of the ills today have their ancestry with his time in office. Here he is on the treatment of Blacks - from the National Postal Museum:

The History and Experience of African Americans in America’s Postal Service
During Woodrow Wilson’s 1912 presidential campaign, he promised African Americans advancement. He stated, “Should I become President of the United States, [Negroes] [sic] may count upon me for absolute fair dealing and for everything by which I could assist in advancing the interests of their race in the United States.” Believing in his promise, many African Americans broke their affiliation with the Republican Party and voted for Wilson. He did not, however, fulfill the promises he made during the campaign to the African American community during his presidency. Less than a month after his March 4, 1913 inauguration, President Wilson’s Administration took the first steps towards segregating the federal service.

The question of federal segregation was first discussed in high administration circles at a closed cabinet meeting on April 11, 1913. At the Cabinet meeting Postmaster General Albert S. Burleson argued for segregating the Railway Mail Service. He was disturbed by whites and African Americans working in the Railway Mail Service train cars. The workers shared glasses, towels, and washrooms. He said segregation was in the best interest of the African American employees and in the best interest of the Railway Mail Service. Burleson’s ultimate goal was not only to make the railway lines “lily white” but to segregate all government departments. President Wilson replied to Burleson by saying that he had made “no promises in particular to Negroes [sic], except to do them justice.” He argued that he “wished the matter adjusted in a way to make the least friction”. While President Wilson expressed no direct objections to Burleson’s segregation plans, support came primarily from other cabinet members.

Shortly after the April 11 cabinet meeting, cabinet members Treasury Secretary William G. McAdoo and Postmaster General Albert S. Burleson segregated employees in their departments with no objection from President Wilson. Segregation was quickly implemented at the Post Office Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. Many African American employees were downgraded and even fired. Employees who were downgraded were transferred to the dead letter office, where they did not interact with the public. The few African Americans who remained at the main post offices were put to work behind screens, out of customers’ sight.

Much more at the site and full citations for all of the claims. It is about racism - just not what they tell you. The idea that President Trump is a racist is pure psychological projection on the part of the Democrats. They have nothing on him so they resort to flinging poo with the hope that some of it will stick.

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