Kindly Reminder: Barack Obama’s Family Owned Slaves
Democrats such as Barack Obama continue to prove their hypocrisy as Confederate statues remain under fire for their ‘racist nature.’
Being the first black president, many Americans felt that Obama would be a symbol of how far we have come as a nation, but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Obama poured gasoline on the small flame of racism in this country, and now, there’s no telling if we’ll ever get back to where we were before.
Confederate statues are being labeled as racist images because the figures being portrayed were originally ‘slave owners’ at the start of this beautiful nation.
Ironically, many black Americans don’t find the statues offensive, and in the same respect, many others have ancestors who owned slaves themselves.
One such American?
None other than former President Barack Obama.
A genealogist at the Library of Congress discovered in 2008 that Barack Obama’s ancestors owned slaves.
The Chicago Tribune reported:
Many people know that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas.
But an intriguing sliver of his family history has received almost no attention until now: It appears that forebears of his white mother owned slaves, according to genealogical research and census records.
The records, which had never been addressed publicly by the Illinois senator or his relatives, were first noted in an ancestry report compiled by William Addams Reitwiesner, who works at the Library of Congress and practices genealogy in his spare time. The report, on Reitwiesner’s Web site, carries a disclaimer that it is a “first draft” –one likely to be examined more closely if Obama is nominated.
According to the research, one of Obama’s great-great-great-great grandfathers, George Washington Overall, owned two slaves who were recorded in the 1850 census in Nelson County, Ky. The same records show that one of Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmothers, Mary Duvall, also owned two slaves.
The Baltimore Sun retraced much of Reitwiesner’s work, using census information available on the Web site ancestry.com and documents retrieved by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, among other sources. The records show that Overall, then 30, owned a 15-year-old black female and a 25-year-old black male, while Mary Duvall, his mother-in-law, owned a 60-year-old black man and a 58-year-old black woman.