Number: 26th president
Term: Sept. 14, 1901 – March 4, 1909
Teddy believed that whites were the "forward race." He was influenced by eugenics, a belief that advocated for the breeding of people with "good traits" and not those of the poor, which was a popular view of the time. He thought that the "backward" races would gradually take on the characteristics of the white race, and wanted to reach racial equality, slowly, during a time when whites were largely considered the natural dominant race. It was the whites' social responsibility to teach the “backward races" morals and how to function when it came to politics and industry. As the blacks rose, whites would rise even higher, he believed.
In his book, African Game Trails, he referred to the "dark-skinned races" that he observed in Africa as "ape-like naked savages, who dwell in the woods and prey on creature not much wilder or lower than themselves."
Native Americans also weren't very high up on his list. "I don't go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians," he said in an 1886 speech, "but I believe nine out of every 10 are, and I shouldn't like to inquire too closely into the case of the 10th."
But Teddy did invite Booker T. Washington to the White House to have dinner, which caused an uproar with racists, and before that, ended school segregation as governor of New York.