[Expletive deleted]ing Progressives.
One hundred years ago today, Woodrow Wilson brought Jim Crow to the North. He had been inaugurated on March 4, 1913. At a cabinet meeting on April 11, his postmaster general, Albert S. Burleson, suggested that the new administration segregate the railway mail service; and treasury secretary William G. McAdoo, who would soon become Wilson’s son-in-law, chimed in to signal his support. Wilson followed their lead.
Scratch one of those guys, find a racist; an eugenicist; or both. Mind you, it’s one of the deeper ironies that American political life that the most Wilsonian* (in terms of outlook and managerial style) President we’ve had since him is technically** the first African-American President of the United States…
*As you may guess, I don’t mean that as a compliment. Woodrow Wilson was a fascist so-and-so who nearly did this country a ton of permanent damage. Or a ton more.
**To be honest about it, Barack Obama is about as authentically African-American as I am. The man’s an Ivy League liberal academic, which is about as white-bread as it gets.