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No, Michelle…The White House Was NOT Built by Slaves. These Are The Facts

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Michelle Obama is famous for stating she lives in “the house that slaves built” when referring to the White House, but her statement is a largely a lie. However, like all democrats, she will never let facts get in the way of a good story.

Liberal media was quick to jump on the Obama bandwagon for the statement and virtually applauded it, but there is just one problem. It’s a false sentiment.

HERE ARE THE FACTS….

From Top Right News:

First, the White House was not built solely — or even primarily — by slaves.

Most of the labor force consisted of local White laborers and artisans (from Maryland and Virginia) and a number of immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and other European nations.

As the project neared completion — the lime-based whitewashing that gives the building its iconic appearance…slaves were indeed added to the mix.

But once again, facts get in the way of the Obama’s preachy race-baiting.

That’s because the U.S. government actually paid the slaves who worked on the White House.

One slave — Philip Reid — was paid directly, a sum of $1.25 per day ($31 per day in 2016 dollars). Is it technically “slave labor” — if you are paid?

VIRGINIA KRUTA OF IJR ADDS THESE IMPORTANT POINTS:

This is in addition to the fact that Mrs. Obama is herself a multi-millionaire, along with her Presidential husband, a graduate of Harvard University who is herself a walking symbol of the success that can come to anyone who is willing to work hard and apply one’s talent in America.

In other words, even as Michelle Obama herself rebukes the nation’s history of racism, she is a living example that America has done much to overcome it.

Kruta also refutes the offensive comment of Mrs. Obama that The Founders could “never imagine” a black person in The White House, when many specifically wanted to eliminate racial differences:

“The Deleted Passage in The Declaration of Independence” written by Thomas Jefferson is but one example, though later removed to win the signatures of southern colonies:

The infamous three-fifths clause of The Constitution, although often ignorantly condemned as dehumanizing of slaves, was a strategic measure to erode the power of the southern states in The Congress, and ultimately lead to the slaves’ emancipation.

A separate clause in The Constitution sought to eliminate the slave trade to American shores in twenty years’ time.

However, Barack and Michelle Obama will NEVER let the facts get in the way of their racial divisiveness in America.

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3 Comments
  • Sandra says:

    It’s so sad, she took an opportunity to demonstrate what this country has done FOR blacks, and turned it into a race-baiting lie. With people like her in public life, it will take another 100 years before blacks consider themselves equal. I’ve had black co-workers, black bosses, and currently have black neighbors and I’ve never treated them any differently than I do anyone else. All she’s doing is perpetuating a continued distrust (even hatred) between the citizens of our country.

  • So, the White House Historical Association, a non-partisan group that’s been around since the Kennedy administration, says this isn’t true. Slaves (unpaid) did help build the White House, as well as paid African-Americans. Snopes says this true, too.

    https://www.whitehousehistory.org/questions/did-slaves-build-the-white-house

    http://www.snopes.com/was-the-white-house-built-by-slaves/

    And Michelle Obama never says that it was built exclusively by slaves.

    But what’s most baffling is your criticism of her criticism of racism.

    First, the entire point of her comment was to point out how far we have come. Why she can’t also criticize our nation’s history of racism is beyond me. I don’t know why the fact that things have improved somehow makes the racism of the past acceptable.

    No one can know for sure what the founding fathers would think today, but I think it’s a huge leap from considering African Americans to be 3/5ths of a person to the idea is that an African-American could be president. Basically, black people were still considered to be lesser humans, literally, and that was still a very progressive idea at the time.

    Also, the 3/5 compromise was largely about determining how much representation southern states got in the house of representatives. I remember studying that in the fifth grade. I seriously doubt racially equality is a big part of that.

    And remember, just because slavery ended meant people thought African-American should have equal rights. It took almost 100 years before anyone really took equal rights seriously.

    As for the deleted passage, The fact that so many of the founding fathers attacked it says a lot. And the cherry on top is all the slaves Jefferson had.

    Hard work is a huge part of the Obamas’s success, but you can’t say the strides we’ve made against racism doesn’t have something to do with it.

    And when you couple that with the racist imagery that is used every time the right wants to criticize the Obamas, I would say we have a long way to go.

    So I have a feeling somebody else’s twisting their historical facts to fit their politics.

  • Leah Fortner says:

    I guess they skipped history

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