Come on take the poll before you read the diary, and be honest put that first impression on the survey.
I just came out of yet another comment stream where a person actually had the audacity to compare the relative worth of Barack Obama and FDR stating how much better FDR really was for us Black folk. Now one might be staggered at the hubris of one people telling another who was better for them, but oh well on that one.
The answer is FDR snubbed Jesse Owens, and not Hitler.
Owens said, "Hitler didn't snub me – it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram." On the other hand, Hitler sent Owens a commemorative inscribed cabinet photograph of himself. Jesse Owens was never invited to the White House nor were honors bestowed upon him by president Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) or his successor Harry S. Truman during their terms. In 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower honored Owens by naming him an "Ambassador of Sports."
So, my extremely nervy friends as you’re picking my heroes do be sure to include Dwight David Eisenhower, who was actually the first President to include a Black person in his executive cabinet.
So the next time someone tries to tell me that straight out FDR was better for Black people then Barack Hussein Obama, I’ll link back to this diary, and if need be I’ll do one about the American concentration camps for Japanese people followed by one about the Rabbis who marched on Washington to be ignored.
Men are men of their times. Let people pick their own heroes.