It’s Election Day and political news is hitting the top of the airwaves. Conservative game-show host Ben Stein had some stern words for President Barack Obama.
On Sunday, the author spoke on America’s News HQ on Fox News about his thoughts on the president.
He is frustrated and voiced his opinion, saying, “What the White House is trying to do is racialize all politics and they’re especially trying to tell the African-American voter that the G.O.P. is against letting them have a chance at a good life in this economy, and that’s just a complete lie… I watch with fascination — with incredible fascination — all the stories about how the Democratic politicians, especially Hillary, are trying to whip up the African-American vote and say, ‘Oh, the Republicans have policies against black people in terms of the economy.’ But there are no such policies…
“It’s all a way to racialize voting in this country… This president is the most racist president there has ever been in America. He is purposely trying to use race to divide Americans.”
While Stein is free to speak his opinion, the Republican pundit might want to look back on U.S. history and see that there were a few other presidents who were far more racist than Obama.
History has proved that not everything was fair in our country, especially when it’s on record that 12 presidents owned slaves and eight of them owned slaves while serving as president. Here’s a look at five of our presidents from the first 18 who served in the White House.
1. George Washington
Our first president had 18 slaves at his estate in Mount Vernon. Once he married Martha, that number grew to 216. He served his presidential term in Philadelphia and left some of the house slaves behind because he knew they would eventually be freed — so he was only kind of racist.
2. Thomas Jefferson
The third president inherited slaves from his wife’s dowry, but he also purchased many throughout his life. By 1789, he owned 141 slaves. It is also rumored that slave Sally Hemings was his mistress and gave birth to his child. DNA proved that the child was related to the Jefferson family, but it wasn’t confirmed if the father was the president, his brother or one of his brother’s sons.
3. Andrew Jackson
Our country’s seventh president had 160 slaves during the 1820s. He never freed his slaves in his will; they were kept in servitude after his death.
4. Zachary Taylor
The 12th president believed that the Constitution gave people the right to own slaves. He said, “So far as slavery is concerned, we of the South must throw ourselves on the Constitution and defend our rights under it to the last, and when arguments will no longer suffice, we will appeal to the sword, if necessary.” He owned more than 100 slaves in 1847 and never sold a slave.
5. Ulysses S. Grant
The 18th president did free a slave in 1859, but he utilized the slaves owned by his father-in-law that were given to his wife. His thoughts on slavery were curious. He said, “The [South] was burdened with an institution abhorrent to all civilized people not brought up under it, and one which degraded labor, kept it in ignorance and enervated the governing class… Soon the slaves would have outnumbered the masters, and, not being in sympathy with them, would have risen in their might and exterminated them. The war was expensive to the South, as well as to the North, both in blood and treasure, but it was worth all it cost.”