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    a liberal hero, refused to support anti-lynching laws because he wanted to get the votes of the southern dixiecrats at the time, which he felt was necessary to win another term to allow him to continue pushing policies that he really wanted. It's about strategizing to maximize the most beneficial outcome which is the GOAL of progress, not taking an ideological stand that accomplishes NOTHING.

    •  I don't know it's helpful (4+ / 0-)
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      Chitown Kev, pot, kait, FogCityJohn

      to introduce comparisons to lynching into the conversation.

      But I would guess FDR probably disappointed a lot of people at the time.

      He certainly is respected by liberals for his acts of courage, like supporting unions, and arresting corporate CEOs, and fighting for living wages.

      And he is certainly NOT remembered fondly for his record on minority rights. The Japanese internment camps are unquestionably a blemish, not a credit to his legacy.

      Perhaps if he'd been challenged more forcefully on that, his legacy would be better?

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