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Wed Nov 26, 2014, 07:13 PM

68. Here's a black perspective, Mary McLeod Bethune's~

Judged from the standards of today, of course, there is much we can criticize about the New Deal/Roosevelt era. It did not bring to an end the tremendous injustices that African Americans had to suffer on a day-to-day basis, and some of its activities, such as the work of the Federal Housing Administration, served to build rather than break down the walls of segregation that separated black from white in Jim Crow America.

Yet as Mary McLeod Bethune once noted, the Roosevelt era represented “the first time in their history” that African Americans felt that they could communicate their grievances to their government with the “expectancy of sympathetic understanding and interpretation.” Indeed, it was during the New Deal, that the silent, invisible hand of racism was fully exposed as a national issue; as a problem that at the very least needed to be recognized; as something the county could no longer pretend did not exist.

http://www.rooseveltinstitute.org/new-roosevelt/african-americans-and-new-deal-look-back-history

A different time. Racism is not acceptable to progressives now, but we'll take his support of the working class. We didn't need the racist southern whites to elect Obama, and we don't need them now either.

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