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The Most Racist Things Said By TIME's Persons Of The Year

Yesterday, TIME Magazine named President-elect Donald Trump as 2016's Person of the Year, a title that has been given out to the world's top newsmakers since 1927. But the honor is arguably a backhanded way of admonishing our culture for glorifying a public figure who has made innumerable divisive remarks - especially about race.

And it's not the first time that a TIME POTY has said racist things. Here's a look back at some of the magazine's more problematic honorees and the most racist things they've said. 

1. Charles Lindbergh, 1927 

Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of Saint Louis Crisco restoration with wings

TIME's very first POTY was also the first to be outspokenly racist. The aviation legend's support of Nazi Germany has been debated over the years, but there's no denying that he felt protecting the racial purity of whites was essential to American civilization. 

"We can have peace and security only so long as we band together to preserve that most priceless possession, our inheritance of European blood, only so long as we guard ourselves against attack by foreign armies and dilution by foreign races," he wrote in a 1939 Reader's Digest article.

2. Mahatma Gandhi, 1930

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Gandhi in 1947, with Lord Louis Mountbatten, Britain's last Viceroy of India, and his wife Vicereine Edwina Mountbatten. (

Few civil rights leaders who are more celebrated than Mahatma Gandhi, who helped India gain independence from the British Empire in overthrow British colonial rule in 1947. But earlier in life, Gandhi wasn't particularly sympathetic toward oppressed blacks living in colonial South Africa, where he worked as a barrister.

While giving a speech in Mumbai in 1896, Gandhi criticized the British by accusing them of trying to "degrade" Indians into blacks.

"The Europeans desire to degrade us to the level of the raw kaffir whose occupation is hunting, and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with, and then, pass his life in indolence and nakedness,” he said.

3. Adolf Hitler, 1938

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You're not surprised, are you? If so, just google "Mein Kampf."

4. Winston Churchill, 1940 and 1949

War Industry in Britain during the First World War

Churchill meets female workers at Georgetown's filling works near Glasgow, October 1918.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill played a pivotal role in defeating Nazi Germany during World War II. But early in his political career, he sounded a lot like Hitler when discussing race. While visiting America in 1901, a 27-year-old Winston Churchill privately discussed his view on race warfare with Michigan journalist Gustavus Ohlinger.

"I believe that as civilized nations become more powerful they will get more ruthless and the time will come when the world will impatiently bear the existence of great barbaric nations who may at any time arm themselves and menace civilized nations," Churchill said according to Ohlinger. 

And in case it's not entirely clear which peoples are civilized and which are barbaric, Churchill allegedly added, "The Aryan stock is bound to triumph."

5. Dwight Eisenhower, 1944 and 1959

Major General Dwight Eisenhower, 1942

In public, Ike supported racial integration in American schools. But in private, he sympathized with racist southerners who fought for segregation. During a 1954 White House dinner party, Eisenhower told Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren that he understood why Southerners wouldn't want "to see their sweet little girls required to sit in school alongside some big black buck."

6. Harry Truman, 1945 and 1948

Stalin, Truman, Churchill in Potsdam 1945

Joseph Stalin, Harry S. Truman, and Winston Churchill in Potsdam, July 1945.

As the 33rd President of the United States, Truman created the Committee on Government Contract Compliance to prevent applicants for civil service positions from being discriminated against based on their race or religion. But behind closed doors, he frequently used racial slurs.

And he once wrote "I think one man is as good as another so long as he's honest and decent and not a nigger or a Chinaman" in a letter to his wife

7. Lyndon Johnson, 1964 and 1967

Lyndon Johnson meeting with civil rights leaders

Meeting with civil rights leaders Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (left), Whitney Young, and James Farmer in the Oval Office in 1964.

Ironically, the president who signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 also used the n-word a lot. In fact, he referred to that historic piece of legislation as "the nigger bill."

8. Richard Nixon

Nixon edited transcripts

In the infamous White House tapes, President Nixon spoke candidly about racially profiling Irish, Italian and Jewish people. Here's a sampling of his remarks:

““The Irish can’t drink. What you always have to remember with the Irish is they get mean."

“The Italians, of course, those people course don’t have their heads screwed on tight. They are wonderful people, but...”

“The Jews are just a very aggressive and abrasive and obnoxious personality.”

9. The Computer, 1982


In 1982, TIME honored the computer in recognition that the "Information Age" was dawning. And based on Internet trolls, it has sometimes been a very dark age in human history.

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