April 11, 2013

PROGRESSIVE RACISM: On this day in 1913, Democratic President Woodrow Wilson segregated the Civil Service. “Prior to the segregation of the civil service in 1913, appointments had been made solely on merit as indicated by the candidate’s performance on the civil-service examination. Thereafter, racial discrimination became the norm. Photographs came to be required at the time of application, and African-Americans knew they would not be hired. The existing work force was segregated. Many African-Americans were dismissed.”