Would This Be Snobbery?

The McCain clan comes in color, not quite like a rainbow, but more like white, black and various shades of brown (mixed race). John McCain’s great, great grandfather was once a slave owner in Mississippi. As reported by the South Florida Times, the descendants of William Alexander McCain have been enjoying family reunions for the past 15 years which John McCain never attends.

The reunion’s website, teocfamilyreunion.ning.com, has pictures, postings and other information about the family gatherings. While Sen. McCain’s brother, Joe, and many of his other white relatives attend the reunions, family members say Sen. McCain has never acknowledged them, or even responded to their invitations.

Based on information obtained by the South Florida Times, the senator has numerous black and mixed-raced relatives who were born on, or in, the area of the McCain plantation. The mixed races in the family can be traced back to the rural Teoc community of Carroll County, Miss., where his family owned slaves.

Sen. John McCain’s great, great grandfather, William Alexander McCain (1812-1863), fought for the Confederacy and owned a 2,000-acre plantation named Waverly in Teoc. The family dealt in the slave trade, and, according to official records, held at least 52 slaves on the family’s plantation. The enslaved Africans were likely used as servants, for labor, and for breeding more slaves.

William McCain’s son, and Sen. John McCain’s great grandfather, John Sidney McCain (1851-1934), eventually assumed the duty of running the family’s plantation.

W.A. “Bill” McCain IV, a white McCain cousin, and his wife Edwina, are the current owners of the land. Both told the South Florida Times that they attend the reunions. They also said the McCain campaign had asked them not to speak to the media about the reunions, or about why the senator has never acknowledged the family gatherings.

In addition to distancing himself from his black family members, John McCain has taken several positions on issues that have put him at odds with members of the larger black community.

While running for the Republican Party nomination in 2000, he sided with protesters who were calling for the rebel battle flag to be removed from the South Carolina statehouse, only to alter that position later.

“Some view it as a symbol of slavery. Others view it as a symbol of heritage,” John McCain said of the flag. “Personally, I see the battle flag as a symbol of heritage. I have ancestors who have fought for the Confederacy, none of whom owned slaves. I believe they fought honorably.’’

Another John McCain lie. Not only did his great, great grandfather own slaves, he dealt in the slave trade market. Is this why John McCain appears so angry and resentful to Barack Obama? Is John McCain too proud to embrace the truth about his family history? Is John McCain really a snob? If he is, then he will never understand Main Street and middle America because he views us as “beneath” his status.

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One thought on “Would This Be Snobbery?”

  1. What would the bigots on the right do if they knew that McCain had black relatives?
    Cindy McCain pretends to be an only child.
    And Barack Obama pretends he isn’t related to Dick Cheney.

    Well I’d deny that last one too. 🙂

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