Currently listening to Doris Kearns Goodwin's "No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in WWII."
On 20 June 1943, while the U.S. waged war on two fronts, a race riot broke out in Detroit, Michigan, leaving many blacks and whites dead or injured.
Ms. Goodwin reports: On 22 June 1943, the Jackson (Miss.) Daily News declared:
"It is blood on your hands, Mrs. Roosevelt. You have been personally proclaiming and practicing social equality at the White House and whereever you go, Mrs. Roosevelt. What followed is now history."
So, Detroit had the race riot, Eleanor got blamed, and Jackson, Miss., got the black eye.
What followed is now history.