There is an enlightening story in the New York Times today about Ona Judge, an enslaved woman that successfully ran away from George Washington’s estate. Her story helps to complicate the image of Washington as the one southern Founding Father that wound up doing something somewhat progressive about slavery when he freed them in his will. Her story, and that of the other enslaved people on the Washington estate, is now told in a new (and larger than originally intended) exhibit at Mount Vernon
In honor of African American History Month (which our so-called president’s ignorance recently reminded us was still very much needed), The Root is doing interviews with the descendants of “our most cherished African-American heroes.” Today they have an interview with Kenneth Morris Jr., a descendant of BOTH Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. It is interesting to see how he is helping to keep his ancestor’s legacies alive, but I like how he summed up Douglass’s legacy in one word. “Agitate.” Nice.
So listen, Trump is not the first president to lie to us, or to mislead. Whether Democrat or Republican, we have been deceived many times by our presidents. But so-called president Trump is taking it to a new level. This piece in the LA Times consulted some presidential scholars, roots its argument in the Clinton and Reagan presidencies, and concludes that this is the most shamelessly dishonest president in our history.
On a radically different note: Queen Elizabeth makes history today, becoming the longest serving British monarch in history. See how she and her loyal subjects celebrated the occasion!