A Racist Postcard Comes Back to Haunt Bill Clinton

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Oct. 15, 2007 – Former President Bill Clinton, whom African-American author Toni Morrison referred to as “America’s first Black president,” probably wishes that the postcard he sent to his grandma in 1966, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, never surfaced.

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Under the title, “Hope, Arkansas – Home of the World’s Largest Watermelon,” there’s a grinning Black young’n buffing a huge melon, the kind of image that riles many African Americans.

According to The New York Post’s Page Six, Clinton, who at the time was 19 and a sophomore at Georgetown University, wrote: "Dear Mammaw, Thought I would send you one of your cards just to prove I'm using them! My tests are over and I'm just starting the second term. Hope you are well and happy . . . Love, Bill."

Online auction house rrauction.com, which is selling the card Wednesday, calls it "a throwback to the outrageously broad portrayals of African-Americans of a century earlier," the Post reports.

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