Now this is funny! A look into the ancestry of every President of the U.S. Every single one is descended from slave owners except one: Donald Trump.
The new report by newswire service Reuters found that five living presidents, two Supreme Court Justices, eleven governors, and 100 legislators all were descendants who were slave owners.
Do you know who didn’t have a slave-owning heritage?
Donald J. Trump.
Now, that right there is funny!
According to the report:
A chiseled block of sandstone in the U.S. Capitol’s visitor center serves as a reminder that the home of the nation’s Congress was built in part by enslaved Black people. A bronze plaque says the stone, originally part of the building’s exterior, “commemorates their important role in building the Capitol.”
Many lawmakers need look no further than their own family histories to find a much more personal connection to slavery in America, a brutal system of oppression that resulted in the deadliest conflict in U.S. history.
In researching the genealogies of America’s political elite, a Reuters examination found that a fifth of the nation’s congressmen, living presidents, Supreme Court justices and governors are direct descendants of ancestors who enslaved Black people.
The factoid isn’t exactly mean the way Reuters assumes it is, granted.
“Slave owning” Should not be the issue with this long chain of people in power going back into American history and pre-Civil War days. It should be all about how they are acting today. Do they have issues with everyone with more melanin in their skin? Do they look at black people as equals? Do they consider skin color when hiring or picking friends? Do they make inappropriate comments about African Americans? Do they practice other issues that are appropriate to call someone a racist?
It’s all about how people act now. If the descendants of slave owners do none of the above, their family history doesn’t matter. If they act like anti-black bigots, perhaps their family history should be added to the story.
Slavery? Was a horrible American institution that, thankfully, was eliminated in America more than 150 years ago. The people who had slaves before it was stopped should possibly be remembered as evil. But that doesn’t mean their descendants should be connected to that evil institution.