Do you recall that time back In March 2015 when Barack Obama spoke to a largely black crowd on the 50th anniversary of the bloody march in Selma, Alabama? You know, the time in which Obama praised slaves for building the White House?
You, like many, probably thought he was talking about his own ancestors, right?
Well, you’d be wrong! According to a genealogist at the Library of Congress (via The Chicago Tribune), Barack Obama’s ancestors owned slaves.
Per the report:
“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.”
Fascinating, huh? Why isn’t anyone talking about this? There’s plenty of outrage these days over statues of people who once owned slaves, but where’s the outrage over this?