Joel A. Rogers and Dr. Auset Bakhufu have both written books
documenting that at least five former presidents of the United States had Black
people among their ancestors. If one considers the fact that European men far
outnumbered European women during the founding of this country, and that the
rape and impregnation of an African female slave was not considered a crime, it
is even more surprising that these two authors could not document Black
ancestors among an ever larger number of former presidents. The president’s
names include Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Warren Harding,
and Calvin Coolidge.
The best case for Black ancestry is against Warren
G. Harding, our 29th president from 1921 until 1923. Harding himself never
denied his ancestry. When Republican leaders called on Harding to deny the
"Negro" history, he said, "How should I know whether or not one
of my ancestors might have jumped the fence." William Chancellor, a White
professor of economics and politics at Wooster College in Ohio, wrote a book on
the Harding family genealogy and identified Black ancestors among both parents
of President Harding. Justice Department agents allegedly bought and destroyed
all copies of this book. Chancellor also said that Harding's only academic
credentials included education at Iberia College, which was founded in order to
educate fugitive slaves.
Andrew Jackson was our 7th
president from 1829 to 1837. The Virginia Magazine of History Volume 29 says
that Jackson was the son of a White woman from Ireland who had intermarried with
a Negro. The magazine also said that his eldest brother had been sold as a slave
in Carolina. Joel Rogers says that Andrew Jackson Sr. died long before President
Andrew Jackson Jr. was born. He says the president's mother then went to live on
the Crawford farm where there were Negro slaves and that one of these men was
Andrew Jr's father. Another account of the "brother sold into slavery”
story can be found in David Coyle's book entitled "Ordeal of the
Thomas Jefferson was our 3rd
president from 1801 to 1809. The chief attack on Jefferson was in a book written
by Thomas Hazard in 1867 called "The Johnny Cake Papers." Hazard
interviewed Paris Gardiner, who said he was present during the 1796 presidential
campaign, when one speaker states that Thomas Jefferson was “a mean-spirited
son of a half-breed Indian squaw and a Virginia mulatto father.” In his book
entitled "The Slave Children of Thomas Jefferson," Samuel Sloan wrote
that Jefferson destroyed all of the papers, portraits, and personal effects of
his mother, Jane Randolph Jefferson, when she died on March 31, 1776. He even
wrote letters to every person who had ever received a letter from his mother,
asking them to return that letter. Sloan says, "There is something strange
and even psychopathic about the lengths to which Thomas Jefferson went to
destroy all remembrances of his mother, while saving over 18,000 copies of his
own letters and other documents for posterity." One must ask, "What is
it he was trying to hide?"
Abraham Lincoln was our 16th
president from 1861 to 1865. J. A. Rogers quotes Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks,
as saying that Abraham Lincoln was the illegitimate son of an African man.
William Herndon, Lincoln's law partner, said that Lincoln had very dark skin and
coarse hair and that his mother was from an Ethiopian tribe. In Herndon's book
entitled "The Hidden Lincoln" he says that Thomas Lincoln could not
have been Abraham Lincoln's father because he was sterile from childhood mumps
and was later castrated.
Lincoln's presidential opponents made cartoon drawings
depicting him as a Negro and nicknamed him “Abraham Africanus the First."
Calvin Coolidge was our 30th
president, and he succeeded Warren Harding. He proudly admitted that his mother
was dark because of mixed Indian ancestry. However, Dr. Bakhufu says that by
1800 the New England Indian was hardly any longer pure Indian, because they had
mixed so often with Blacks. Calvin Coolidge's mother's maiden name was
"Moor." In Europe the name "Moor" was given to all Black
people just as the name Negro was used in America.
All of the presidents mentioned were able to pass for White
and never acknowledged their Black ancestry. Millions of other children who were
descendants of former slaves have also been able to pass for White. American
society has had so much interracial mixing that books such as “The Bell Curve”,
discussing IQ evaluations based solely on race, are totally unrealistic.