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White House sits on Black roots

Alton H.Maddox | , Jr. | 4/12/2011, 4:34 p.m.

Gov. Eugene Talmadge ordered public schools to remove any books referencing a Black person. This order was signed on September 11,1941.It would predate the disaster at the World Trade Center by 60 years. Talmadge was a dye-in-the-wool white supremacist who encouraged white terrorism against Blacks. He was Georgia's "Adolph Hitler." By the time I had graduated from Central High School, Blacks were finally able to learn about Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. Some teachers would cross the line and talk about a few non-threatening Blacks. Many public school systems were forbidden to name a school after a Black person. In many Georgia counties, Black students could only graduate from training schools. "Training School" appeared on diplomas. These diplomas revealed the dual purpose of public education. Whites could be educated. Blacks could only respond to training. I was fortunate. My mother owned a personal collection of Black history books in addition to a collection of Black literature. In addition, I developed a fondness for military history and military science. These books gave me an understanding of a militarized country. Howard University broadened my educational horizon. There were teachers like Chancellor Williams and Nathan Hare. Students, like Stokely Carmichael and H. Rap Brown, officially or unofficially, attended Howard. There was a Black revolution in the 1960s. Against this backdrop, I am surprised that most Blacks believe that Sen. Barack Obama will become the nation's first Black president. For me, this myth was exploded in the 1960s with J.A. Rodgers' "Five Negro Presidents." These presidents arose under the U.S. Constitution.

There is also a sixth Black president. Moreover, John Hanson, a Moor, was the nation's first president. His presidency arose under the Articles of Confederation, which preceded the Constitution. When the Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation, the prior seven presidents were erased from United States history. The Iroquois Confederacy enabled this country to move from the Articles of Confederation to the U.S. Constitution. Five Indian nations, centered in upstate New York, had developed the system of federalism, which would give legs to this nation's legal and economic blueprint. Federalism divides legal authority between a strong central government and the states. The "Founding Fathers" were xenophobic and prejudiced. Racism is a separate question. They framed a system of white supremacy and misogyny to govern a relatively diverse nation. These men were ergophobic. They would balance race against necessary talent to propel the nation forward. Meritocracy gave rise to Andrew Hamilton, this nation's banking and government architect, and Thomas Jefferson, architect of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson said, "Science is my passion; politics, my duty." George Washington and Jefferson were Masons. Hamilton became the nation's first treasury secretary on September 11,1789.He also founded the Bank of New York and the New York Evening Post, among other contributions. President Woodrow Wilson described Hamilton as a "very great man, but not a great American." Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that Obama is not a "real American." Divorce was expensive in the British Crown. Rachel Faucette, Alexander Hamilton's mother, who was an octoroon, had been married to Johann Michael Lavien. He was reportedly a Jew, but he disowned it. Before this divorce was finalized, she had entered into a "common law" relationship with James Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11,1755,on the island of Nevis. His "illegitimacy" barred him from receiving Anglican instruction. Thus, he had no formal schooling in the West Indies. Instead, he was tutored, individually, by Sephardic Jews who had escaped persecution in Brazil and also by his French Hugenot mother. Hamilton was bilingual.