The family that owns The New York Times were slaveholders

In addition to the many links between the family that owns The New York Times and the Civil War Confederacy, new evidence shows that members of the extended family were slaveholders.

Bertha Levy Ochs, the mother of Times patriarch Adolph S. Ochs, supported the South and slavery. She was caught smuggling medicine to Confederates in a baby carriage and her brother Oscar joined the rebel army.

Oscar Levy fought alongside two Mississippi cousins, meaning at least three members of Bertha’s family fought for secession.

Adolph Ochs’ own “Southern sympathies” were reflected in the content of the Chattanooga Times, the first newspaper he owned, and then The New York Times. The latter published an editorial in 1900 saying the Democratic Party, which Ochs supported, “may justly insist that the evils of negro suffrage were wantonly inflicted on them.”

Six years later, the Times published a glowing profile of Confederate President Jefferson Davis on the 100th anniversary of his birth, calling him “the great Southern leader.”

Ochs reportedly made contributions to rebel memorials, including $1,000 to the enormous Stone Mountain Memorial in Georgia that celebrates Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. He made the donation in 1924 so his mother, who died 16 years earlier, could be on the founders’ roll, adding in a letter that “Robert E. Lee was her idol.”

In the years before his death in 1931, Ochs’ brother George was simultaneously an officer of The New York Times Company and a leader of the New York Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

John Mayer, who was married into the Ochs family and a slave registry.

All that would be bad enough given that the same family still owns the Times and allows it to become a leader in the movement to demonize America’s founding and rewrite history to put slavery at its core. As part of that revisionism, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln are suddenly beyond redemption, their great deeds canceled by their flaws.

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The uncle Bertha Levy Ochs lived with for several years in Natchez, Miss., before the Civil War owned at least five slaves.

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Cuba and the US: A love-hate relationship; stop embargo

The embargo hurts Cubans and no the Cuban government and the clock is back.

After resuming diplomatic relations five years ago, Cuba and the US find themselves on poor terms. The US embargo is tighter than ever, as Donald Trump turns back the clock.

It was President Barack Obama who initiated the political thaw between the US and Cuba. The US president spoke of a “new beginning after decades of mistrust,” before loosening travel restrictions and money transfer provisions.

The first direct talks between the heads of both countries came at the 2015 Summit of the Americas. Obama had Cuba taken off the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, restored diplomatic relations and even sent Secretary of State John Kerry to Havana to re-open the US Embassy there.

In March 2016, Obama himself arrived in Havana for a three-day visit, where Raul Castro called for the complete removal of US sanctions. That did not happen.

Indeed, developments went in quite the opposite direction: On November 8, 2016, two weeks before Fidel Castro died at age 90, Donald Trump won the presidency and immediately began to turn the clock back on Cuban relations. Cuba is now once again considered a terrorist state;the US makes it difficultfor Cubans living abroad to send remittance payments, or “Remesas,” back home; and it is blocking the delivery of critical medicine despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Obama’s rapprochement was swiftly ended by Donald Trump

Sixty years ago, the embargo was “only” on sugar — Cuba’s biggest export. US President Dwight D. Eisenhower blocked imports of Cuban sugar and advised US citizens against traveling to the island. The US officially broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba on January 3, 1961.

Trump offers praise to former foe Rep. John Lewis after his death

Trump orders federal flags to fly half-staff to honor Rep. John Lewis

President Trump tweeted only once Saturday, posting a simple message that praised the late Rep. John Lewis as a “civil rights hero.”

Lewis, who had represented Georgia for decades in the House, died Friday in Atlanta at the age of 80. He had advanced pancreatic cancer.

“Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family.”

Lewis, the son of Alabama sharecroppers, made his name as one of the original Freedom Riders in the early 1960s. In 1963, at just 23, he was a keynote speaker at the March on Washington alongside Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Trump also issued an official White House proclamation ordering federal flags to fly at half-staff in Washington and at US embassies and military bases worldwide “as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding public service” of the 17-term congressman.

But Lewis and the president were often at odds. The lawmaker boycotted Trump’s inauguration in 2017, spurring at least 60 other Democrats to follow.

On Saturday, Trump let his surrogates take the lead in praising Lewis.

Vice President Mike Pence, in a lengthy emotional statement posted on Twitter, described Lewis as “a great man whose courage and public service changed America forever.”

Pence, who served alongside Lewis for six terms in Congress, called him “a colleague and a friend” whose “selflessness and conviction rendered our nation into a more perfect union.”

“Even when we differed, John was always unfailingly kind,” Pence wrote.

Trump orders federal flags to fly half-staff to honor Rep. John Lewis

Clarence Henderson, a member of Trump’s “Black Voices for Trump” campaign arm, said Lewis “dedicated his life and career to bettering our country.”

“We will forever be grateful for the legacy he leaves as we pray for him and his family,” Henderson said on behalf of the Trump campaign.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also offered tributes.

“He leaves an enduring legacy that will never be forgotten,” she tweeted.

But some in Lewis’ circle were not moved by White House words.

“Please let us mourn in peace,” Rep. Karen Bass, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, tweeted Saturday morning in a message directed at Trump.

“While the nation mourns the passing of a national hero, please say nothing,” Bass pleaded.

Funeral arrangements for Lewis have yet been announced, but Fox News reported that the widely admired congressman’s body is likely to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in the coming days — an honor that has been extended to only 36 American citizens in the nation’s history.

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Marco Rubio mistakes Elijah Cummings for John Lewis in Twitter gaffe

Don’t all deceased congressman look alike?

In an excruciating gaffe, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted out a tribute to the late Rep. John Lewis Saturday — and paired it with a photo of himself with the late Rep. Elijah Cummings instead.

“It was an honor to know & be blessed to serve in Congress with John Lewis a genuine & historic American hero,” Rubio wrote.

“This is Elijah Cummings,” responded Astead Herndon, a reporter at the New York Times.

Minutes later, the post was removed — and the red-faced Republican offered his mea culpas.

“Earlier today I tweeted an incorrect photo,” Rubio admitted– this time with a video of himself and Lewis at a Martin Luther King Day event in 2017. “John Lewis was a genuine American hero.”

Lewis and Cummings, a Maryland congressman who died in 2019, were frequently confused for one another during the 12 terms they served together in the US House of Representatives. Both were bald, older African American men.

“We would laugh about it – and I took some joy in it, since he was taller and younger,” Lewis wrote in a Time Magazine tribute to Cummings last year.

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