Here we go again, folks, another white guy trying to REWRITE our history, Black history and especially on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
3 Chics is setting the record straight on this nonsense right here:
MICHAEL REAGAN: Ronald Reagan — More of a Friend to Blacks Than Obama?
Here’s an excerpt from this fairy tale:
Who was the first black president? Two decades before the election of Barack Obama, novelist Toni Morrison dubbed Bill Clinton “our first black president.” She even said that Clinton was “blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetime.”
Well, I could make an even stronger case for my father, Ronald Reagan, as “our first black president.”—but I won’t make that claim. I don’t want to diminish the justifiable pride African-Americans take in having a president who is genetically and culturally black. Our first black President is Barack Obama.
Oh but you just DIMINISHED our first lack president , dude.
“But the past two years have made one thing clear: Ronald Reagan was a far better friend to black Americans than Barack Obama has been. Just compare the Reagan and Obama records. Under Obama, black unemployment rose from 12.6 percent in January 2009 to 16.0 percent today. This means that black unemployment has increased by more than one-fourth since Obama took office.”
Skip to last paragraph of this filthy lie:
*Today, as our nation honor’s Dr. King, less than a month before the hundredth birthday of Ronald Reagan, it’s fitting to note that Ronald Reagan did more to improve the lives of African-Americans than any other president since Abraham Lincoln. Unfortunately, we have to acknowledge that America’s first black president has made life worse for us all—and especially for black Americans. History does not judge presidents by the color of their skin, but by the content of their policies.
Don’t get it twisted dough boy, the election of the first black president has gotten you white folks knickers in a knot and your heads exploding. If life’s worse for you, because of Barack Obama being president, too fucking bad!
Read the rest here.
MEMO TO MICHAEL REGAN:
**Hat tip JJP’s Rikyrah **
Here’s a RIGHTEOUS & TRUTHFUL Response to this article of absurdity by Walter Field
“My fears were not baseless. Ronald Reagan, with the precision of a maniacal surgeon, began to dissect two decades of civil rights gains and set the stage for the rise of a reactionary, and patently racist, politics that still fills the nation’s air with a noticeable stench. While Nixon may have given birth to the “southern strategy”, appealing to white anxiety through thinly veiled racist messaging, Reagan perfected the art.
I recall my utter disgust when he launched his campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi and failed to even acknowledge the injustices of an earlier era that resulted in the killing of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, three young civil rights workers. It was a purposeful snub by Reagan, who did express his support for “state’s rights”, designed to send a message to southern whites that the concerns and sentiments of Blacks were of no consequence to him. In a very real sense, the angry white man found refuge during the Reagan years.
Who can forget his attempt to reverse the long-standing policy of denying tax-exempt status to private school that practice discrimination, and his effort to provide an exemption to Bob Jones University? The U.S. Supreme Court eventually ruled against Reagan and reinstated the authority of the Internal Revenue Service to deny the university the exemption. It was an “in your face” gesture toward Blacks revealed the depths of the president’s racial animus.
We should also not forget that Ronald Reagan aligned himself with the apartheid government of Pretoria, choosing to pursue a policy of “constructive engagement” with white minority rule over the interests of the country’s Black majority. His use of Cold War rhetoric and the language of anti-communism were a convenient façade for the racist underpinnings of a foreign policy devoid of a concern for human rights and positioned against Black self-determination in sub-Saharan Africa.
Reagan’s attitude was no different on the domestic front. Under the guise of “devolution” or new federalism, he proceeded to attempt to dismantle domestic programs that had a disproportionate impact upon Blacks and the poor. He reduced the affirmative action requirements of corporate recipients of federal contracts and cutback oversight; diminished the role of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department in filing discrimination claims; and drastically cut the federal and state welfare rolls under Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). The anti-Black, anti-poor venom that came out of the Reagan White House spared no one. Even children were not safe. At one point the administration reduced federal funding for school lunches, going so far as to classify ketchup as a vegetable.
In the area of housing, his appointment of Sam Pierce as Secretary of HUD left the federal hosing department in a shambles. Reagan was so distant from Blacks he even confused Pierce, his own appointee, for a Black mayor during a meeting. The massive defense build-up under Reagan, at the same time the Soviet bloc was a shadow of its former self, diverted much-needed federal dollars from housing and other domestic programs at a critical time in the post-civil rights era. The spigot was cut off at the very time that Blacks were poised to turn the corner on a number of social indicators. Major cities, firmly in the grips of Black leadership or headed that way, had no recourse under an administration that played to the worst fears of white suburbanites and rural voters.
Reagan also ushered in an era of Black conservatives, right-wing apologists whose complexion confounded critics, threw the civil rights establishment off-balance, shielded the president from being taken to task for his assault on racial minorities and the poor, and enchanted a media that was somewhat amused by what appeared to be a fissure in the Black community. He placed Clarence Pendleton on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission while attempting to force longtime commissioners off the panel, and attempting to end its historic role as an independent watchdog. Reagan then forced fed us Pendleton’s namesake, Clarence Thomas, and gave him free reign to destroy the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); setting us up for Thomas’ eventual appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The laissez faire politics of the Reagan era ushered in an era of greed in this nation, from which the fallout continues today. The concentration in wealth that began under Ronald Reagan set the stage for the gross disparities we presently see in the economic status between Americans. It gave way to corporate excess that showed little regard for the rules of conduct or the law, given free rein by an administration that viewed regulation and enforcement as an obstacle to wealth accumulation.
The Reagan presidency made excess a guiding principle for modern-day robber barons.”
Now you runtellat, Michael Reagan!