Jul. 31, 2019

Let's Go To The Audio Tape!

So what did Ronald Reagan really think of black folks? Well if you are in my age group or slightly younger you may remember a sportscaster named Warner Wolf from New York City one of his famous lines he used to use was, "let's go to the videotape", or in case of today's news release, regarding Ronald Reagan in 1971, the audiotape.

I can remember how fondly how the nation's foremost black politician, Barack Obama, referenced Ronald Reagan in his book, The Audacity of Hope:
"Reagan spoke to America's longing for order, our need to believe that we are not simply subject to blind, impersonal forces but that we can shape our individual and collective destinies."
"All the time in the back of Reagan's distorted mind he envisioned blacks as monkies. He saw black Africans as not even comfortable wearing shoes along with the idea that they were swinging from vines in African jungles."
In Washington, D.C., on Jan. 15, 1977, just five days before Jimmy Carter took the oath of office, Reagan emphasized this point, stating The New Republican Party I envision is still going to be the party of Lincoln and that means we are going to have to come to grips with what I consider to be a major failing of the party: its failure to attract the majority of black voters. It’s time black America and the New Republican party move toward each other and create a situation in which no black vote can be taken for granted.
I mean really is Donald Trump any worst than many of the white men who have sat at the desk in the Oval Office? As we head into the campaign for the office of this nation's presidency in 2020. I still see a nation just as divided by racial issues as they were when Reagan made his remarks to a now known bigot, Richard Nixon.
Donald Trump is telling blacks to go back to where they came from. He also telling blacks that we live in squalor, in infested conditions with vermin and our black elected leaders could care less. Donald Trump is indeed a racist but guess what? So was Nixon, and so was Reagan and so was the overwhelming majority of this nation white male presidents. It seems that the time of come to change at least one of the dynamics of our next President. Maybe, just, maybe we need to change the sex of next President. Is that is how we finally stop this racial madness?
I heard both Sanders, and Warren say last night that many international corporations could care less about American workers. They both said to pinch an extra nickel in profits these corporations would throw the American workers under the proverbial bus. It seems to me that for an extra white vote elected men who sought the office of the presidency felt the same way about black folks. They would denigrate and malign black folks easily. They would disparage and demean black folks easily. Now, the time has come for the black folks of this nation to wake up to the reality that we can no longer, or will no longer accept this treatment. For once we must coalesce with other voters with similar agendas and vote "our" issues, not created issues by candidates who simply historically have shown they don't give a damn.