Ronald Reagan: ‘Those Monkeys From Those African Countries’
In a newly unearthed conversation with Richard Nixon, the then–California governor used racist language to disparage delegates to the United Nations.
1. In 1971, Richard Nixon got a call from Ronald Reagan, complaining about African delegates at the UN. "To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!”
The 37th president of the united states and the 40th president of the united states having a good laugh about how black people are monkeys.
My piece in the
on newly released segments from the Nixon tapes that provide searing examples of presidential [Nixon] and pre-presidential [Reagan] racism from 1971. Sadly, we have yet to outgrow this problem as a Nation.
I'd be interested to know what definition of "privacy" embraces "hiding the racist views of public figures" | "the racist portion was apparently withheld to protect Reagan’s privacy"
2. The racist remarks were excised from the recording’s initial release in 2000. The historian
requested that these tapes be rereviewed, and the Nixon Library has now released them. We publish them for the first time here
This is superb history from
. But don’t just click the link. Take the 20 seconds it’ll require to listen to the embedded audio clip, and hear it—Reagan's racist gibe, Nixon's laughter—for yourself. It’s just different when you hear it.
You have to listen to the clips from the actual tapes -- jaw-dropping disgusting.
Ibram X. Kendi
In 1971, future POTUS Ronald Reagan called current POTUS Richard Nixon to complain about African delegates at the UN. "To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” No explanation needed.
Over the years there have been many, many angry declarations from conservatives that Reagan wasn't a racist. They were all beside the point; what mattered was that he exploited racism, ruthlessly. As it turns out, however, he *was* a racist
You have to listen to the audio. Newly unearthed tape captures an exchange between Reagan and Nixon that's legitimately jaw-dropping
Please read this story about the time two previous Republican presidents called Africans "monkeys" and "cannibals" (from
A tape-recorded racist conversation between President Richard Nixon and future President Ronald Reagan was censored by the National Archives....until two weeks ago. Why? "The racist portion was apparently withheld to protect Reagan’s privacy."
I seem to remember a lot of pearl clutching "they even called Reagan racist!" takes flying around twitter last week.
Abby D. Phillip
In addition to the substance of the racist remarks being interesting, the fact that they remained hidden for decades to protect Reagan's "privacy" and his legacy is very notable
A lot of people are going to be gobsmacked by this. But zero people of color are going to be. Reagan was just as racist as Trump. He just had the good manners to cloak it in jovial civility and code words.
Holy moly this is bad
CONSERVATIVES: Liberals unfairly accused us of being racist, so we were left with no choice but to become racist. ME: Here’s an audio recording of Ronald Reagan referring to people as “those monkeys from those African countries.”
Ronald Reagan to Richard Nixon: "To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Big scoop from
Racism has been casual and endemic among the nation's leaders for longer than we care to admit.
This absolute 🚨of a piece from
includes two things v relevant to my interests: - newly released audio of then-Gov. Ronald Reagan (!!) being racist as hell while chatting with Richard Nixon - the 1971 vote giving China's UN seat to the CCP
AUDIO: Hear Ronald Reagan slur African UN delegates, hear Richard Nixon laugh at the “joke.”
In 1971, as his administration finalized welfare reform, Nixon said he believed in racial differences in IQ, and was studying the research. “The reason I have to know it is that as I go for programs, I must know that they have basic weaknesses," he said.
"These new tapes are a stark reminder of the racism that often lay behind the public rhetoric of American presidents."
Decades later, the Nixon tapes keep yielding stomach-turning revelations about America's past leaders
Rodney D. Pierce
“To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Ronald Reagan regarding African delegates to the United Nations voting to accept China into the UN. Heartbreaking to hear this.
Nixon: [string of racist and anti-semitic slurs] Reagan: Hold my beer
A remarkable piece in The Atlantic about Ronald Reagan, Nixon, and r*cism in the white house.
Dolt 45 fits right in with the rest of these monsters. Take a listen to “Ronald Reagan's Racist Conversation With Richard Nixon” Yikes.
This is a clinical description of how racism spreads—how one comment enables a volley of other people’s prejudice.
If it’s a shock that Ronald Reagan held racist views of Africans, I don’t know what to say. He vetoed anti-apartheid legislation. Reagan’s racism wasn’t some big secret.
Kevin M. Kruse
Reagan's racist comments that
doggedly uncovered in the Nixon tapes are shocking, especially to those who only remember (or misremember) Reagan from a later era. But in the 1960s, his stance on civil rights and race were no secret.
A history of racism in the White House. President Reagan compared blacks to monkeys, on tape. President Nixon believed in racially-caused IQ hierarchies. This by Prof.
Reagan to Nixon: “To see those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Nixon to his Secretary of State: “There’s strong feeling that we just shouldn’t, as [Reagan] said, these cannibals on TV last night.”
Sickening — especially to those of us who admire Reagan. Not representative, as Lou Cannon and others have chapter and verse on. Nonetheless, sickening. (I’ll have more to say later.)
This is important but as
said there is nothing surprising here. Ronald Reagan's Racist Conversation With Richard Nixon - The Atlantic
Noah Smith 🐇
4/We all know that Reagan held bigoted attitudes in private.
“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.”
not surprising, but still awful > Ronald Reagan's Long-Hidden Racist Conversation with Richard Nixon
Let's shorten this article title: "Reagan and Nixon's Racism" is simpler and more accurate.
The GOP has been the party of racism for a very long time. Don’t let them gaslight you into thinking Trump is an aberration. He’s the logical culmination of a half century of GOP chickens coming home to roost (sorry for mixed metaphor).
Brian D. Earp
Ronald Reagan's Long-Hidden Racist Conversation With Richard Nixon
W. Carson Byrd
Ronald Reagan's Racist Conversation With Richard Nixon (cause one had to one-up the other)
Ronald Reagan's Racist Conversation With Richard Nixon - The Atlantic / Reagan grandfathered Trump.
Based Reagan: “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!”