The 11 Most Racist American Presidents

Back

11. George Walker Bush ~ 43rd President (2001-2009)

AFRICANGLOBE – Let’s imagine the unimaginable: Donald Trump was elected president in November. Yes, president of the United States.

Let’s imagine the impossible: he forced Mexico to build a border wall. Let’s imagine the unthinkable: he deported millions of Latino/as. Let’s imagine the unconscionable: he ruthlessly terrorized Muslim Americans and #Black Lives Matter activists. Let’s imagine the unacceptable: middle and low income people suffered horribly under the weight of this billionaire’s policies.

Let’s imagine that he did not moderate on his campaign pledges and he carried them out as president. Would a President Trump go down in the annals of American history as one of the most racist presidents ever?

He certainly would face a substantial amount of competition on the racist front. There have been many frightfully racist U.S. presidents in American history. Here are the 11 most racist U.S. presidents of all time.

George Walker Bush ~ 43rd President (2001-2009)

Not only did President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) in 2003 increase the stranglehold of standardized testing on America’s children—tests antiracists have long argued were racist. NCLBA more or less encouraged funding mechanisms that decreased (or did not increase) funding to schools when students were struggling or not making improvements on tests, thus privately leaving the neediest Black students behind.

Then two years later, President Bush’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) publically left thousands of stranded Black folk behind after Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005. While reporters quickly reached the Gulf Coast, federal officials made excuses for their delays, quickening the death spiral in New Orleans, ensuring that President Bush would land on this list of the most racist presidents of all time. And to top it all off, President Bush’s economic policies—his lax regulation of Wall Street loaners and speculators—helped bring into being the Great Recession, bringing about the largest loss of Black wealth in recent history.

Back