Originally posted by moon1969 to no1marauder
Yeah, I have never seen a First Lady attacked and belittled so much
as the right-wingers have done with "Moochelle." Shameful.
Eleanor Roosevelt was loathed and vilified by many right-wing Americans,
particularly on account of her advocacy of greater rights and opportunities
for African Americans. There was a popular rumour of 'Eleanor Clubs',
wherein African Americans (who supposedly were duped by Communists)
allegedly participated in a sinister conspiracy against racial segregation.
Eleanor Roosevelt's quiet feminism also was derided as extremely 'unladylike'.
"At a political meeting in Georgia during one of my husband's campaigns they
placed on each seat in the auditorium a crude drawing showing me dancing
with a Negro. Under the picture it said 'Nig...Lover--Eleanor.' At that time
I had never danced with a colored person and the drawing was a fabrication
and an insult to me and to Negroes because of the nasty word they used."
"He might have been happier with a wife who was completely uncritical.
That I was never able to be, and he had to find it in some other people.
Nevertheless, I think I sometimes acted as a spur, even though the spurring
was not always wanted or welcome."
--Eleanor Roosevelt (writing of Franklin Delano Roosevelt)