It's not a stretch to say that Mr. Roosevelt was one of the founding fathers of American Imperialism. As Vice President and later as President, he got us involved in a three year long occupation of the Philippines in which upwards of 200,000 mostly innocent men, women, and children were slaughtered. It was easily one of the most horrible episodes in U.S. history and in order to justify it, TR of course fell back upon the same type of virulent racism that characterized many from the early progressive movement. He claimed specifically that these Filipinos were little more than "savages, half-breeds, and a wild and ignorant people" and that they obviously needed to be civilized. To say that this fellow was racist just about sums it up, folks.