Should President Obama live in the White House which was constructed by African slaves?
It is a question Obama may have to address. The White House is perhaps the ultimate symbolic and physical manifestation of American racism. It was twice constructed by the white man using African slave labor (the first White House was burned down 1814) and was purposely designed to be a symbol of white man’s dominance.
The White House got its name from the white slave overseers who whipped and brutalized the Africans who were forced to build it. They tormented them and mocked them by telling them they would, “build such a fine home that no Negro would ever step forth into it”*.
Africans who died at the White House construction site were often left to rot where they lay and others were simply buried in what became the basement of the structure. 11 Africans were executed at the White House site in 1793 when they were deemed as being “non-compliant”.
For over two hundred years the White House has been the place where terrible crimes against humanity have been discussed, planned and carried out: The orders to destroy African culture and to enslave African peoples. The creation of the Ku Klux Klan. The creation of the AIDS virus. The poisoning of African communities with crack cocaine. The 9/11 hoax. The Katrina Hurricane attack and so on.
Given the history of the White House perhaps Barack Obama should live there. It would after all, prove the white man wrong.