Family That Owns New York Times Owned Slaves

Well, this might be a bit embarrasing.

The New York Times has run many articles voicing opinions calling for varying levels of reparations, claiming that current-day inequities can be traced back to slavery.  If that is so, then the clearest line between those two points, people enjoying accumulated wealth and those suffering inequality, would be for the direct descendants of slave-holding  and slavery-supporting families to “unburden” themselves of some of their wealth by transferring it to direct descendants of slaves.

Now that notion has found its way home. At appears that the founding families of The New York Times supported the South and owned slaves.

Adolph Ochs was the patriarch of the New York Times.  His mother Bertha supported the South and was caught ferrying medical supplies to Southern troops in a baby carriage.  His uncle and distant relatives fought for the Confederacy Adolph wrote in the Chatanooga Times about the “evils of negro suffrage” being inflicted on Democrats, and published in the New York Times a tribute to Confederate President Jefferson Davis in 1906 on his birthday, calling him “the great Southern leader.”

Putting his money where his mouth was, Ochs contributed to Confederate memorials, including $1,000 to the enormous Stone Mountain Memorial.  Och’s brother George was an officer of The New York Times and the leader of the New York chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Now it gets worse.

Apparently Bertha Ochs’ uncle owned several slaves, and Bertha lived with him for a number of years in Mississippi.  There’s also a record of a branch of the Sulzberger family, which controls the New York Times to this day, owning slaves.

So far, there’s no word that The New York Times intends to hand over the keys to the building to a reparations advocacy group so that ownership and control can be redistributed.


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  1. Daniel John Kennedy

    No surprise! After all Democrats are Democrats!

  2. Angie

    poetic justice

    • Joseph Rosado

      It is no secret that it was DEMOCRATS who started the KU KLUX KLAN and beat and hung Black citizens from trees. It was DEMOCRATS who stood in the schoolhouse doors to block Black children from entering. It was DEMOCRATS that tried to defeat the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Its was DEMOCRATS Al Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd … a Klansman, who filibustered the Civil Rights Act for 15 hours to prevent the vote in the Senate. It was DEMOCRATS who beat the Civil Rights marchers on the Edward Pettes Bridge outside of Selma. They beat John Lewis’s head with a nightstick. They punished Black folks who drank White water and used White Bathrooms. Blacks had to sit in the back of the bus in the DEMOCRAT SOUTH. Now we’re told there was a “switch” and DEMOCRATS “became” Republicans and Republicans became DEMOCRATS. I’m a well educated man old with three degrees from a great university … However, I have NEVER understood that great switcheroo. How and why did the REPUBLICANS agree to this? and WHY did JOHN LEWIS become a DEMOCRAT?

  3. Carol

    The height of hypocrisy. But then – nothing surprises me from the Dims anymore. They’re soooo perfect – YET they’re the ones that have stymied the upward movement of so many blacks. LBJ and his Great Society!!!!! Removed the fathers from the scene – no decent role models for the kids – and no incentives for the men to be responsible. And – there we have it!!!

  4. Patricia

    Ironic isn’t it. Democrats owned slaves and republicans freed them. Yet to this day democrats want everyone else to pay for it now. Do you think cancel culture will come for him? No.

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