Walt Whitman was a racist?

The great poet hated non-white people.

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When you study him in school, you’re told he’s anti-racist.

So which reflects Whitman’s real self?

He’ll discuss Africans as “a superstitious, ignorant and thievish race.”

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Whitman was racist even when tending Civil War wounded.

Whitman was aware of tension between how he’d be perceived and his actual views on race.

Whitman’s racial hierarchies hardly stop at people of African descent. He hated Native Americans too.

He called slavery “a disgrace and blot on the character of our Republic, and our boasted humanity!”

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