1. Opposition to violence against African Americans, as in the Black Lives Matter movement. FDR refused to support federal anti-lynching legislation, and it wasn’t because he had sudden federalist qualms about asserting federal authority over local matters. First, he didn’t have any interest in bucking the powerful southern wing of his party. (By contrast, FDR’s Republican predecessors all supported federal anti-lynching legislation.) While FDR’s apologists such as Ira Katznelson suggest that’s all there is to it, they aren’t able to come up with any substantial evidence that FDR personally cared about civil rights for African Americans in general, or about lynching in particular. Instead, the (anachronistic) argument seems to be simply that because FDR was a “liberal,” he must have had liberal views on race.
3. Sympathy of the plight of refugees. FDR was not willing to spend any significant political capital to help Jewish refugees from Europe. While Great Britain took in 20,000 Jewish children in the Kindertransport, FDR let a Congressional bill with similar aims die.
Surely this isn’t FDR’s entire record, and there are obviously aspects of that record that American liberals can still admire. But perhaps a revocation of the virtual sainthood FDR still enjoys is in order.