I am writing a history of Hatton W. Sumners, U.S. House Rep. for Dallas, Texas for many years.
He was a white supremacist and perhaps the leading opponent of federal anti-lynching legislation in the United States of America. He had many other racist views of an extreme nature.
I was quite surprised to find out that Franklin Delano Roosevelt had him write the 1935 constitution for the Philippines.
Sumners developed this reputation as being some type of great constitutionalist, but basically it was a strategy to maintain white supremacy in the South. Sumners himself in letters connects these two items. His being asked to write the Philippines constitution gave him a reputation here in America as a great constitutionalist and gave his arguments which supported white supremacy based on states' rights and his constitutional theories credibility.
In this case there is a blowback into the United States in that colonialism abroad is used to support white supremacy back in the United States.
Additionally there is a letter from a Don Robinson to a local prominent individual Saner which was copied to Sumners dated 1924. It is a negative letter about the Philippines and its residents. Hatton W. Sumners and Saner met to discuss it.
I am posting this for several reasons.
1. To alert scholars of Philippine history that I am writing up Sumners lengthy racist history. It might shed some light on the writing of the constitution in 1935.
2. I would like to know if scholars of Philippine history have commentary regarding the constitution of 1935 and racism.
3. I would like to know if Sumners is memorialized on the landscape in the Philippines in any way.
4. To share copies of this archival material with scholars.
Given some preliminary feedback we have gotten from scholars on Philippine matters we are going to be looking in archives in Dallas for more materials related to Don Robinson and the Philippines and Hatton Sumners.