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Barack Obama is widely known as the United States' first black president. But is he really the country's first African-American commander-in-chief?
Of course author Toni Morrison famously declared that former president Bill Clinton was really the nation's first black head of state, however, rumor has it there are six other former presidents who had African-American ancestry.
John Hanson (a Moor) was actually the 1st President of the United States, he served from 1781 – 1782 and he was black. The new country was actually formed on March 1, 1781 with the adoption of The Articles of Confederation. This document was actually proposed on June 11, 1776, but not agreed upon by Congress until November 15, 1777. Maryland refused to sign this document until Virginia and New York ceded their western lands (Maryland was afraid that these states would gain too much power in the new government from such large amounts of land).
Once the signing took place in 1781, a President was needed to run the country. John Hanson was chosen unanimously by Congress (which included George Washington). In fact, all the other potential candidates refused to run against him, as he was a major player in the revolution and an extremely influential member of Congress.
As President, Hanson ordered all foreign troops off American soil, as well as removal of all foreign flags. He established the Great Seal of the United States, which all Presidents since have been required to use on all Official Documents. He declared that the 4th Thursday of every November to be Thanksgiving Day, which is still true today. Even though elected, one variable that was never thought through was that America was not going to accept a Black President during the heart of the enslavement period. Enter George Washington.
Not me. Through 2008 I kept asking people what Obama stood for, because I certainly couldn't figure it out from his speeches. The only answer I could come up with was "Hope and Change" (well aside from black people who usually would dance around their reasons for voting for Obama before I'd get tired of hearing that and just sum it up and say "It's because he's black isn't it?" which they'd agree with) I wondered how Hope and Change (and a person's skin color) was going to just magically make everything better. I guess I'm just a racist for trying to look at a candidate's stance as opposed to just listening to his feel good speeches. Though I wonder, since I didn't support McCain either, what that makes me?
"The country's history of slavery had left the nation in pain he said. Black people and white people are too often angry with one another. All people were going to have to work together to solve the country's problems. Only in the that way could Americans make a more perfect United States."
. But white voters
It comes as a shock to you that there many people here in the states that won't vote for a black candidate? Do you even live in America? Home to groups like the KKK and there are over 65 known white supremest groups here in the states good luck getting them to vote for a black candidate.