GROW Greatness Reached over Oppression through Wisdom
Booker T. Washington, an Eloquent African Speaker full of Godly Wisdom. No wonder, so many Schools are named after him.
Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt were advised by an invited Booker T. Washington, to be the first African invited to the White House.
An eloquent African Speaker full of Godly Wisdom
The news was incensed!
For instance, the next afternoon, the Memphis-Scimitar reported:
“The most damnable outrage which has ever been perpetrated by a citizen of the United States was committed by the President, when he invited a n****r to dine with him at the White House… It would not be worth more than a passing notice if Theodore Roosevelt had sat down to dinner on his own time with a Pullman car porter, but Roosevelt the individual and Roosevelt the President are not to be viewed in the same light.”
Letters poured into the White House full of anger and menace. A U.S. Senator from South Carolina proposed a retaliatory measure: “The action of President Roosevelt in entertaining that n****r will necessitate our killing a thousand n****rs in the South before they will reach their place again.”
Men swore never to vote for Roosevelt in future elections.
Soon after the dinner, Roosevelt received an honorary doctorate from Yale University, along with famed novelist Mark Twain. Booker T. Washington was also present at this event. Roosevelt spoke to Twain and asked the novelist for his opinion on the controversial matter. Twain replied “that a President was perhaps not as free as an ordinary citizen to entertain whoever he likes.”
Reports had been circulating that Roosevelt and Washington would be dining together again. Security was tightened for the President at Yale because of the ordeal and the President was not allowed to “work the crowds”. In addition, at the event, no public mention of the White House dinner was made. Booker T. Washington was also pointedly seated far away from the President.
A few days later, Roosevelt made a public statement about the “infamous” dinner. True to his no-nonsense style, he simply said, “I shall have him to dine as often as I please.”
See how far we have come?
Look at the Oppression;
All Races are Critical
and that’s no Theory
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