Some readers unconvinced by our True rating for White House slave claim

On the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, we rated Michelle Obama’s statement that the White House "was built by slaves" as True. As we wrote in our fact-check, "Strictly speaking, the White House was not exclusively built by slaves; it was built by a combination of slaves, free blacks and whites. But slaves were significantly involved in the construction of the White House, so we have no quarrel with the way Obama worded her claim." Shortly after we published our fact-check, we began receiving complaints from readers. "It was typical false race-baiting comment made true by … >>More stories from National


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