Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, whose up for reelection November 8th, was part of a high school group that put on something called “Slave Day”, which according to his high school yearbook was described as, “(a) large number of Upper School students worked at odd jobs around the neighborhood and helped to raise over two hundred dollars for the drive.” Adding, “…exemplified the kind of activity which the Council felt most important to the school, the leadership and the participation being completely under the incentive of the students.”
Sen. Blumenthal served as the president of the student council that held “Slave Day”. This was an event organized to unify the students throughout his private school in the Bronx.
According to Fox News:
One of the student council’s fundraising events, according to the yearbook, was the inaugural “Slave Day” on Nov. 21, 1962. Describing the event, the yearbook said a “large number of Upper School students worked at odd jobs around the neighborhood and helped to raise over two hundred dollars for the drive.”
The yearbook also noted that the “Slave Day” fundraiser “exemplified the kind of activity which the Council felt most important to the school, the leadership and the participation being completely under the incentive of the students.”
Following his high school career, Blumenthal attended Harvard University and served as editor-in-chief of The Harvard Crimson, the school’s student newspaper.
During his time as a writer for the newspaper, Blumenthal used a term that is now considered a racial slur at least seven times in a 1966 article for the newspaper titled “Summer School Project Set for Negro Students,” which described a program for African American students to study at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia University in preparation for graduate school.
“Twenty Negroes from Southern colleges will study here this summer under a new program organized jointly by Harvard, Yale, and Columbia,”
“The purpose of the program, Dean Ford said last week, is to provide Negroes with the preparation they need to go on to graduate school, and to help them overcome problems of graduate school admission.”
Blumenthal is facing a Senate election challenge from GOP candidate Leora Levy, a businesswoman from Greenwich, Connecticut.
Blumenthal and Levy, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, will face off in the state’s Nov. 8 midterm election.
Blumenthal’s district is a majority Black, and it’s unlikely that the voters that Democrats feel as though they can grab their vote with little to no work will enjoy seeing these writings. Whether or not “negro” was an offensive term throughout the 1960s can be debated, however, it is beyond a doubt that a term like “Slave Day” is nothing short of offensive and distasteful. Trump-endorsed candidate Leora Levy will be attempting to take Blumenthal’s seat on November 8th, and she will likely capitalize heavily on Blumenthal’s previous writings and events he helped to organize.