- Unwilling to alienate White south
- Denounced lynchings in his 1897 inaugural address but never condemn it formally
- Anti black violence was a epic proportions but he refrained from taking action
- Most blacks that were able to vote in 1896 were hopeful about McKinley, but ended up being disappointed by his policies and appointments
- He was executed in October 1901
Another President with promise that ended up being a disappointment for Blacks in America.