If you have seen movies like The American President as well as other programs or read nin books, you know that Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with Polio and therefor in a wheelchair for most of his life. However because television wasn't a mainstream item back in FDR's day only a handful of people knew about his disaBility. They didn't have the ADA back then, the White House became the first accessible government building because FDR needed to get around and there are pictures of him at the desk in the Oval Office with his legs covered so the public wouldn't see the b races. He did everything he could to hide his disability because unfortunately, it was a sign of weakness. Even todday I believe being a person of color, while is isn't still isn't easy in this day in age, pales in compared to having a physical, mental or emotional disability.
When Barack Obama was nominated back in 2008 there were many on the left who accused MOST of the right of being racist. The right didn't want a black president, even th ough the current REPUBLICAN administration (Bush) had just as many, if not more blacks in high positions than the previous DEMOCRAT administration (Clinton). Did Ms Rice and Mr Powell face the "racism" Mr Obama is facing, YES. It's was just muffled by thee media whereas with Obama's case it's amplified. According to Chris Matthews, the guy that gets the "chill up his leg" everytime Obama speaks, every critique of Obama, every less than glowing comment about him Chris Matthew says is racist and Matthews isn't the only one. I could list plenty of people who have said it in the past five and a half years
Now I read about FDR and yes his DID indeed hide his disability, it was easier because television was in it's infancy and sincde the Polio didn't affect his speech, those fireside chats were just the thing he need to connect with the country and the world.
FDR being in a wheelchair came up again a few years ago when the unveiled the FDR Memorial in 1997 in Washington DC. There was an outrage by people with disability that the monument didn't depict FDR in his wheel
We heavily celebrated America's first black president, I hope if FDR ran, and won, today we would celebratre the fact he had a disability.,