Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Republican Presidential Racism

Tim Naftali / The Atlantic:
‘Those Monkeys From Those African Countries’  —  In a newly unearthed conversation with Richard Nixon, then-California Governor Ronald Reagan used racist language to disparage delegates to the United Nations.  —  The day after the United Nations voted to recognize the People's Republic of China, then–California Governor Ronald Reagan phoned President Richard Nixon at the White House and vented his frustration at the delegates who had sided against the United States. “Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan said. “Yeah,” Nixon interjected. Reagan forged ahead with his complaint: “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Nixon gave a huge laugh.
Naomi LaChance / Splinter:   Surprise: Trump Wasn't the First Wildly Racist President
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:   Racist Ronald Reagan called Africans “monkeys” in taped call with Nixon
Sorry, Washington Examiner, Reagan was a racist. So was Nixon.

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