Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday Dead Racist Blogging: A Dinner is Worth a Thousand Niggers Edition

Soon after he had been inaugurated, Teddy Roosevelt had Booker T. Washington come to the White House to advise him on racial issues. While he was up there, Washington had dinner with President Roosevelt--an action which inflamed the country. Senator Ben "Pitchfork" Tillman of South Carolina railed, "The action of President Roosevelt in entertaining that nigger will necessitate our killing a thousand niggers in the South before they will learn their place again."

--"The Night President Teddy Roosevelt Invited Booker T. Washington to Dinner", Journal of Blacks in Higher Education 35, Spring 2002, p. 25

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