In 1776, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), who would become a few years later, in 1801, President of the United States of America, signed the Declaration of Independence. He spoke of ideals, criticizing imperialism and promoting democracy. An illustrated as many of his contemporaries. I will not list them all, but you’d have to see the huge number of adjectives that are attributed to this man! As any dead man, all good, of course.
Today, the last of the month of February 2012 and final therefore the month dedicated to Black History, I can think of tagging him with a couple more: hypocritical and racist.