Quotation by William Howard Taft

There is in the South stronger feeling among the intelligent, well-to-do, and influential element in favor of the industrial education of the Negro and the encouragement of the race to make themselves useful members of the community.... We are charged with the sacred duty of making their path as smooth and easy as we can.... Personally, I've not the slightest race prejudice or feeling, and recognition of its existence only awakens in my heart a deeper sympathy for those who have to bear it or suffer from it.
William Howard Taft (1857–1930), U.S. president. Inaugural address, March 4, 1909. Presidential Addresses and State Papers of William Howard Taft, March 4, 1909, to March 4, 1910, 1: 164-166, Doubleday, Page & Company (1910).

Taft noted that the 13th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution had been generally enforced, but not the 15th.
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