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Racially Stacked New Deal
Campus Report ^ | February 28, 2008 | Malcolm Kline

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 Party’s 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 Administration’s senior black economist said of the New Deal’s National Recovery Act. Some wags said that NRA stood for “Negroes Ruined Again.”....

(Excerpt) Read more at campusreportonline.net ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: blackhistorymonth; fdr; newdeal; racism

1 posted on 02/28/2008 9:04:17 AM PST by bs9021
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To: bs9021
Perhaps the most racially charged portion of New Deal legislation was the Federal Housing Act, which refused to provide funding (in the 1930s and into the 40s) to neighborhoods with sizeable black populations. This had the effect of increasing segregation, even in cities where it was not previously present.

Roosevelt was pressured to change certain things due to wartime labor shortages. This was why he signed orders aggressively enforcing integration in defense plants.

2 posted on 02/28/2008 9:11:05 AM PST by Clemenza (I live in New Jersey for the Same Reason People Slow Down to Look at Car Wrecks)
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To: bs9021

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...


3 posted on 02/28/2008 9:25:13 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: bs9021
Being the superficial guy I am, I must ask the most important question...

WHAT THE HECK???


4 posted on 02/28/2008 9:30:38 AM PST by Hazwaste (Vote! Vote for the conservative local, state, and national candidates of your choice, but VOTE!)
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To: Clemenza

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.


5 posted on 02/28/2008 9:51:21 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Hazwaste

That’s the author. He loves cigars.


6 posted on 02/28/2008 10:01:44 AM PST by bs9021 (facts speak loudly)
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