The Icon has always strongly supported civil rights. In 1964, Congress passed — and the president signed — the Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination, in employment, on the basis of color, race, sex, or national origin. The act ended segregation in public places.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 took power away from state governments that wanted to prevent African-Americans from voting.
In 1968, Congress passed — and the president signed — the Fair Housing Act. This act prevents discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.
No citizen of the United States should ever be denied the benefits of living as a free person. Discrimination is unethical and unlawful.
In August 1790, President George Washington visited the Tauro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island. He was accompanied by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. A few days after Washington’s visit, the president wrote the synagogue. In an affirmation of freedom, the president stated: “For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance . . .”
What the President Washington said over 220 years ago was correct then and is correct now.