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Presidential Ranking by 44 African-American Political Scientists


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"American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom, where 44 African-American political scientists and historians ranked presidents for their personal and institutional racism against their policies to counter racial subordination. "

White Supremacists:

  • George Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson (personal)
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Martin Van Buren
  • William Harrison
  • John Tyler
  • James Polk
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Millard Fillmore
  • Franklin Pierce
  • James Buchanan
  • Abraham Lincoln (personal)
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Grover Cleveland (personal)
  • William McKinley (personal)
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Woodrow Wilson (personal)
  • Warren Harding
  • Harry Truman (personal)
  • Dwight Eisenhower (personal)
  • Richard Nixon (personal)

Institutional Racists:

  • George Washington
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson (policies)
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Martin Van Buren
  • William Harrison
  • John Tyler
  • James Polk
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Millard Fillmore
  • Franklin Pierce
  • James Buchanan
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Theodore Roosevelt (policies)
  • Woodrow Wilson (policies)

Institutional Neutral:

  • Chester Arthur
  • Grover Cleveland (policies)
  • William McKinley (policies)
  • William Taft
  • Warren Harding
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Herbert Hoover (policies)
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Barack Obama

Ambivalent: 

  • Rutherford Hayes
  • James Garfield
  • Dwight Eisenhower (policies)
  • Gerald Ford
  • Ronald Reagan
  • George Bush
  • Bill Clinton
  • George W Bush

Anti-Racist:

  • Abraham Lincoln (policies)
  • Ulysses S Grant
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • Harry Truman (policies)
  • John Kennedy
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Richard Nixon (policies)
  • Jimmy Carter
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White Supremacists

1.George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were slave owners, but they may have been pretty average for their time.

2.I don't know. Madison was a slave owner, but he ordered that his slaves be treated humanely. He was said to be open minded about race as well.

3.Buchanan was said to "buy" slaves and then free them in the North. However, his policies were pretty bad so...

4.I doubt there were many people ahead of Lincoln in that time.

5.I really disagree with Warren Harding being put in here.

6.Why is Truman in here?

Institutional Racists

1.From what I understand, JQ Adams was anti-slavery.

Neutral

1.Was the Chinese Exclusion Act counted when Arthur was put in here? I would put him in the middle.

2.Obama is neutral?

Ambivalent

1.I still have a better opinion of Hayes.

2.Reagan's record might be worse than this.

3.Then why did African-Americans like Clinton so much?

Anti-Racist

1.LBJ: https://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/lyndon-johnson-civil-rights-racism-msna305591

Also, the claim that he used to be a Klansman in the 1930s.

2.Wait, I thought Nixon was considered in-the-middle.

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Just now, Patine said:

 

Jefferson and Madison, to be fair, were big patrons of the Liberia project.

And the Liberia project was done with good (though, mistaken) intentions, from what I understand.

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