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This Week In Hotep History: Y’all been lied to. John Hanson was the first President and he was Black!

tale of Two John  Hansons

First of all, Happy Black History Month, but every day is Black History Month at Bougie Black Girl. Because it is Black History Month, I see a lot of Hotep history (in case you don’t know what a hotep is click here) making its way around the internets. One of the biggest ones is:

Y’all Been Lied to! John Hanson was the first President of the United States, and he was Black.

John Hanson

This was one of many pics I found on Facebook making this claim.

I can’t count how many times I saw this floating out of the clogged bowels of the land of Hotep. Every time I see this I just shake my head because history is not a Hotepers strong suit.

Here is why this nonsense is false.

First of all, John Hanson was not the first president of the United States under the U.S. Constitution. That of course would be George Washington. John Hanson was the first President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation. Secondly, despite some Black folks attempt to claim everyone including Larry Bird, Burger King, Kim Kardashian and Ronald McDonald, this John Hanson, the White guy on the left, was not Black. He wasn’t even light skinned-ed. This John Hanson was a White, wealthy planter and politician from Maryland. Read more about him here.

The Black John Hanson’s story should be known and celebrated. To be honest, it is more intriguing. John Hanson was born in 1791. He was a slave and by thirty-six he purchased his freedom. John Hanson then encouraged African-Americans to move to Liberia in Africa. He went on to become a Senator in Liberia for Grand Bassa County. He went from a slave to a politician. Now that is amazing.

There is a point that needs to be made. I haven’t seen it made by others but my love for history compels me to do so. Unlike what most Hoteps believe, cameras did not exist in the late 1770’s. So the picture of the stunning Black gentleman on the right is not first President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation because there were no pictures back then. The White John Hanson died on November 22, 1783. In fact, the first picture ever taken was by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1826. In order to have taken the White John Hanson photo folks would have had to dug up his dead corpse, propped it up, performed magic tricks and reanimated him to snap a photo of him. One more thing. I want you to think really hard. If that was John Hanson, the mythical first Black President, which it isn’t, wouldn’t there be photographs of George Washington? The same George Washington who was later the first President of the United States under the United States Constitution after the Continental Congress. Just saying! The math does not lie, but Hotepers do.

Want to learn about real Black history? Read: Meet Queen Mother Ejisu Yaa Asantewaa. The Black Queen Who Fought British Colonization. Also take a look at Black women must avoid Hoteps at all costs and my tips on how to spot them!

Next on “This Week in Hotep History” we will discuss The Willie Lynch Letter. Oh lawd! That’s going to be a fun one.

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3 comments

  1. islandgirl 27 February, 2015 at 22:37 Reply

    my aunt and I got in a huge argument about this same topic. As a matter a fact we are friends anymore because she went on to diss my husband.

  2. Damon Fordham 4 June, 2015 at 15:39 Reply

    Thanks for this. As one who actually writes and teaches black history for a living, this Hidden Colors type of nonsense is a major thorn in our profession. Keep standing up for real scholarship and history, which is best learned in libraries and not on Facebook memes and pseudo documentaries by amateurs out to make a quick buck on the emotions of the people.

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