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Reagan made racist remarks in taped chat with Nixon

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Published on August 05, 2019 with No Comments

Then-California governor Ronald Reagan made racist remarks about Africans, calling them “monkeys” in a newly-discovered taped conversation with US president Richard Nixon. The tape of the October 1971 phone call was unearthed by Tim Naftali, former director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, and his findings were published online in Atlantic magazine.

The tape is of a call Reagan placed to Nixon after the UN voted to recognise the People’s Republic of China. Reagan, who went on to win the presidency in 1980, called Nixon to vent his anger at the African nations which defied the US and voted at the UN to grant recognition to the People’s Republic. In the call, Reagan criticises the African countries which sided against the US. “Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan said. “Yeah,” Nixon said. Reagan continued: “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries — damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!”

Nixon responds with a huge guffaw and went on to gleefully repeat Reagan’s remarks in other taped conversations with his advisers. President Trump was rebuked recently by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives over “racist comments” he made about four Democratic lawmakers

 

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