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Posted on 02/28/2008 9:04:15 AM PST by bs9021
Racially Stacked New Deal by: Malcolm A. Kline, February 28, 2008
Although academics routinely credit President Franklin Delano Roosevelt with ending the Great Depression, winning World War II and saving western civilization, the actual historical record does not augur in favor of any of these assertions. ...
For one thing, Archie never used the N-word that Mr. Fireside Chat was all too comfortable with. Bruce Bartlett shows this side of the four-term president in his book Wrong On Race: The Democratic Partys Buried Past.
To be fair, unlike his mentor Woodrow Wilson, FDR did not act on these inclinations, although the man with the cigarette holder may have done more harm by accident than the author of the 14 points did by design. Nevertheless, if the blacks who wept as his funeral train passed know how much they were set back by his policies, they might have cried for another reason.
To the extent that black workers were able to get public works jobs at all, they were mostly in lower level job categories than they had previously held before the New Deal, Bartlett, an economist, writes.
Nor did they fare much better in the economy as a whole. In April 1930, the unemployment rate was 6.3 percent for black males and 6.9 percent for white males, Bartlett shows. Seven years later, in 1937, after implementation of most New Deal programs, the unemployment rate for black males was well above that for white males: 19.1 percent for the former versus 13.9 percent for the latter.
Negroes have lost jobs as a result of the NRA, Dr. Robert C. Weaver, the Roosevelt Administrations senior black economist said of the New Deals National Recovery Act. Some wags said that NRA stood for Negroes Ruined Again.....
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Roosevelt was pressured to change certain things due to wartime labor shortages. This was why he signed orders aggressively enforcing integration in defense plants.
Democrats are the party of: The KKK, Copperheads, Jim Crow, The Confederacy, Dixiecrats, George Wallace, Segregation, anti-miscegenation laws, poll taxes and much, much more...
WHAT THE HECK???
This article brings to mind “W.P.A. Blues” (Vocalion #03186), a recording by Casey Bill Weldon from 1936 which recounts how a poor black man is made homeless by the Works Progress Administration, one of FDR’s New Deal agencies, when it demolishes his apartment building as part of an urban renewal project.
That’s the author. He loves cigars.