Missouri Democrats Rename Annual Dinner After Racist KKK Member
In June 1911 future Democratic President Harry Truman wrote his friend Bess Wallace.
In the letter (page 3) Democrat Truman told Wallace what he really felt about Asians and blacks.
I think one man is just as good as another so long as he’s honest and decent and not a n*gger or a Chinaman. Uncle Wills says that the Lord made a white man from dust, a n*gger from mud, and then threw what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I. It is race prejudice I guess. But I am strongly of the opinion that negroes ought to be in Africa, yellow men in Asia, and white men in Europe and America.
Democrat Harry Truman was also reportedly a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
(No surprise there.)
Earlier this month the Missouri Democratic Party renamed their annual dinner after the racist.
The Daily Caller reported:
The Missouri Democratic Party is changing the name of its annual “Jefferson-Jackson” fundraising dinner, deleting the names of slave-owning party heroes Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. The party will instead honor avowed racist Harry Truman.
Though the state party denied that the name change was due to racial issues, Democratic state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, who has called for the name to be changed, said that it was probably due to race. Every state Democratic party holds an early-summer Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently attended the dinners in Arkansas and Virginia.
But the Missouri party’s decision to instead name the dinner for Harry Truman might not have been the most racially savvy choice.
“I think one man is just as good as another so long as he’s honest and decent and not a nigger or a Chinaman,” Truman wrote as a 27-year old in 1911. “Uncle Will says that the Lord made a white man from dust, a nigger from mud, then He threw up what was left and it came down a Chinaman.”
The unfortunate fact of Democrat Party history is that the party was built by racists and slave owners.