Ronald Reagan’s Truthful Legacy to Black People

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!

 

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28 Responses to Ronald Reagan’s Truthful Legacy to Black People

  1. truevoice4real says:

    Reagan was a useless nazi….

  2. Jim says:

    If former President Ronald Reagan was so bad for African Americans, why does President Barack Obama like to identify himself with Mr. Ronald Reagan? President Obama wants African American men to take care of their children and women. Furthermore, he wants African American women to stop having babies by men who will not take care of their babies. The same thing goes for White men making White women pregnant and not taking care of their babies and women. There are more Whites on Welfare than there are African Americans, but this is no excuse for African Americans. I am not a White person.

    • Jim, please stop the “I am not a White person”. 3 Chics don’t have it twisted. It’s not going to fly here.

      Your hero,Ronald Reagan, opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 1965 Voting Rights Act

      Ronald Reagan opposed that state’s Fair Housing Act, saying, “If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house, he has a right to do so.

      Ronald Reagan started off his 1980 campaign with “I believe in states rights.” He came on the scene playing racial politics. He used race to divide and anger white voters in order to rise to power. He’s the one who started the assault on affirmative action programs & coined the “welfare queen” meme. He punished the poor for being poor!

      Name where President Obama has EVER used race, color or civil rights to divide and anger the races?

      • Ametia says:

        LOL The first comment I read this morning, and it’s is pure comedy. Thanks for providing the punch line for the joke SG2.

  3. James says:

    Just like ignorant Black people, they can’t put the blame on themselves, they have to make excuses on why they can’t get by…Let’s look at education for one..

    How is it that many Black people during the Reagan years became successful during his tax cut programs and YES, we are talking about Blacks owning businesses as well? The unemployment for Blacks declined during his time over Carter’s administration.

    “The reality is, the 1980s, with a conservative, free-market Republican in the White House, were a boom time for black America.
    Indeed, Andrew Brimmer, the Harvard-trained black economist, the former Federal Reserve Board member, estimated that total black business receipts increased from $12.4 billion in 1982 to $18.1 billion in 1987, translating into an annual average growth rate of 7.9 percent (compared to 5 percent for all U.S. businesses.

    The success of the black entrepreneurial class during the Reagan era was rivaled only by the gains of the black middle class.

    In fact, black social scientist Bart Landry estimated that that upwardly mobile cohort grew by a third under Reagan’s watch, from 3.6 million in 1980 to 4.8 million in 1988. His definition was based on employment in white-collar jobs as well as on income levels.

    All told, the middle class constituted more than 40 percent of black households by the end of Reagan’s presidency, which was larger than the size of black working class, or the black poor.

    The impressive growth of the black middle class during the 1980s was attributable in no small part to the explosive growth of jobs under Reagan, which benefited blacks disproportionately. ”
    Joseph Perkins

    How do you account for this?

    How do you account for the poor grades among many of Black students during this time, If they attended school?

    How do account for the poor grades for many of the Black students now under Obama?

    The blame is in the Black home and nowhere else, for any Black not to be successful in that time or of these times.

  4. updated 6/7/2004 5:04:45 PM ET

    Reagan: A contrary view The 40th president led a sustained attack on programs of importance to African Americans

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5158315/ns/us_news-life/

    It’s customary to say good things about the dead.

    Ronald Reagan appointed the first woman to the Supreme Court. He signed legislation for a national holiday honoring Martin Luther King. He thawed relations with the Soviet Union and signed a nuclear weapons treaty. He was warm and amiable and had a good sense of humor. He liked horses.

    Now let’s talk about what he did to black people.

    After taking office in 1981, Reagan began a sustained attack on the government’s civil rights apparatus, opened an assault on affirmative action and social welfare programs, embraced the white racist leaders of then-apartheid South Africa and waged war on a tiny, black Caribbean nation.

    So thorough was Reagan’s attack on programs of importance to African Americans, that the Citizens Commission on Civil Rights, an organization formed in the wake of Reagan’s attempt to neuter the official U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, said he caused “an across-the-board breakdown in the machinery constructed by six previous administrations to protect civil rights.”

  5. Jim says:

    When Ronald Reagan became the President, Jimmie Carter had messed up the United States economically. Many people had lost their jobs here in Newport News Virginia at the Newport News Shipbuilding. President Reagan sent Military Contracts to the Shipbuilding corporation and people who were laid off got their jobs back. Many who got their jobs were Black people with the White people. Because of President Reagan’s excellent Presidential actions, I was able to keep my house and finish my college education with a Bachelor and a Master degree. Later I obtained a Doctorate. I am a proud man of color.
    Apparently, President Jimmie Carter was so racist when Black people attend his church and a Black man offered to join, the White people, the pastor, and Carter left the church. The church closed.
    President Reagan signed into Law the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. President continued the Voters Right Act for the Black and poor people who were discriminated against. President Reagan gave the Seniors cost of living raises in Social Security. What has President Obama done for the Social Security? Nothing!
    Happy Birthday to President Ronald Reagan!!!

    • LOL!

      Pray tell? Why do white people come to a black blog and pretend they’re black? For the life of me…I can never understand that sh*t!

      Save your Ronnie Reagan heroism for someone else. 3 Chics ain’t the place! We know Reagan played dog whistling racial politics to the max! He’s the one who started the assault on affirmative action programs & coined the “welfare queen” meme. He punished poor people for being poor. When most Americans were opposed to the racist treatment of the South African people, what did Reagan do? He embraced the racist apartheid government of South Africa through his policy called constructive engagement. And what was your hero’s response to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression? He declared ketchup a fking VEGETABLE. Mofo please! Take your lying ass someplace else and please stop coming to black blogs pretending to be black. GTFOOH!

    • Ametia says:

      What SG2 SAID. But you are free to celebrate Reagan’s B-day. Nothing to celebrate here for us though. BYE!

  6. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    Ah…excuse me, but is he talking about the same Ronnie Reagan who him and his administration called Martin Luther King…Martin Luther Coon? That came straight out of the book of memoirs of one in his own administration that would know. Oh, please don’t make me tell you what he called Arabs. Please tell me that it is not the same Reagan that dismantled Affirmative Action…I’d better stop there because it would take up too much space asking y’all all these questions regarding Reagan’s thoughts on…you know…people of color. Nevertheless, inquiring minds wants to know.

    • Ametia says:

      Go on Granny; don’t stop! Take all the space you need and school these fools. We ain’t tryna let these fools rewrite our history. We’ve lived through the HORROR that was the Reagan rein on TERROR on BLACK folks.

      • Edward Lazarus says:

        Ever notice that the republicans spend so much more time rewriting history than actually governing? They should have a new cabinet position; “Department of the Way We Shoulda Done It In The First Place.”

        Think about it!
        If you’re eventually going to change history about a particular item….why not just do it the way you are finally going to lie about it?
        That way…it’s done the way you want to take credit for it….and you don’t have to continue to be such a bunch of monumental mounds of mendacious monkey manure.

        To promote Ronald Reagan as “more of a friend to blacks than Obama,” suggests that poor Michael Reagan is showing signs of the horrible condition that afflicted his dad.

        Michael…your father was certainly not the worst of the many failed republican presidents we’ve endured, but “a friend to blacks?”…A bit of a strain.
        For those not readily familiar with the mindset of Reagan and his administration….the classification of ketchup as a vegetable in school lunches might have been the most cynical example—among many.
        I seem to remember a Ronald Reagan who….after the terrorist attack that killed some 244 U.S. Marines…not only let that murderous assault go unpunished….he promptly removed our troops from Beirut….the scene of the carnage. Hardly in line with the party of warmongers who believe an occasional little war every now and then keeps the wheels greased with defense contractor money….the prize for the rich winners….while their kids usually have more important things to do than fight their daddies wars.
        And though he later claimed he slept thru it, it was this same delightful president who sold arms illegally—-violating his own policy….and seeing that Col. Oliver North…was treated by the judicial system with the same greasy method as Scooter Libbey would be years later.
        You can say it until your lying teeth fall out….A LIE IS STILL A LIE!

    • Hey Granny!

      Take all the space you need, just keep saying it. The nerve of Michael Reagan to tell such blatant lies before our eyes!

  7. Citizen says:

    Rhetoric aside, the numbers don’t lie. Obama has pretty much destroyed our economy. Purposefully or out of incompetence, doesn’t really matter. Hard to contemplate esoteric “rights” when you have nothing to eat.

    • Rhetoric aside, the numbers don’t lie. GEORGE W BUSH has pretty much destroyed our economy.

      There! I fixed it for you! Thanks for playing!

    • Ametia says:

      Yes, thanks for playing Mikie Reagan. LOL You rethugs hate America, an America where POC have EQUAL rights.

      Get over yourselves. Watch your boy Boehner and see what he has to offer America. Bring on an opponent for the 2012 Presidential race. BRING’EM ON! And please, not another BUSHITE! LOL

    • dannie22 says:

      It’s interesting that u say Obama is destroying the economy when even the WSJ says there’s been continuous growth in our economy for six straight months. Maybe you should stop reading Free Republic and get a clue.

      • Ametia says:

        Exactly Dannie, the Fox News, WSJ, Rupert Murdocked owned rag. Same tired right-winger talking points. Obama is destroying the economy!!!!

        Not buying this bullshit. Reagan & Bush I & II HATE BLACK PEOPLE!

      • Dannie, people like poor citizen take the word of right wing lying liars instead of researching or reading things for themselves.

        People that post on FreeRepublican are nothing more than bottom feeders.

      • Ametia says:

        He/she is a Beckite, Palinite sent to black blogs to feel out our reactions to Reagans fantasy. go back and tell’em he and the rest of the Reaganites are FULL-O-SHIT!

        President Obama is making history not only because he’s black, but because he truly encapsulates all that our Founding Fathers gave voice to in the Constitution. and no matter how much these fools try to twist and spin the document and its amendments, they cannot turn back the clock on human rights for ALL Americans.

        Good luck quoting it and trying to shape it to your own twisted views.

        Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is smiling big time and shaking his head at these white fools.

    • Ametia says:

      Ask that dingbaty Peggy Noonan how that Regan thing’s working for her now, particularly after the WS meltdown in 2008.

    • Edward Lazarus says:

      Citizen:
      I seem to recall a time…just a bit over two years ago, as America was just trying to overcome the feeling of having been repeatedly raped by the Bush/Cheney Crime Cartel….that a fellow named Barack Obama literally grabbed America by the belt as she was hurling toward the second republican caused “Great Depression” in about 75 years and slowly SAVED our economy from a total wipeout.
      To assign to President Obama the blame for eight solid years of mismanagement by a true “Doubler Header” president Bush who was at the same time vying for title; “America’s Worst President”, and “America’s Dumbest President” …(he won both!)…is to ignore the actual facts. But then, I’ve noticed that “facts” and “GOP” seem totally unrelated.
      And I shudder in horror to think that….as our economy ruptured under the Bush handling…we ALMOST left our fate in the stupefyingly unprepared and incredibly incapable hands of a guy who graduated 5th from the BOTTOM of his class at The Naval Academy and who’s judgement has dumped the Wicked Witch of the Tundra in our midst….creating a stench that will leave a stink on American politics for generations to come.
      Obama will be seen in the history of our leaders as one in a class with FDR and Mr. Lincoln.
      To use the term “incompetent” to describe this brightest of presidents in years is to display a serious jealous streak.

  8. dannie22 says:

    These folks will write anything, say anything to separate black folks from our beloved President. Well white folks, I guess you have to keep trying. It’s an exercise in futility, but deep down you prolly know that. Oh and Michael, most black folks have no love for Ole Ronnie, no matter how you try to spin it. So try something else.

    • Ametia says:

      Never gonna happen! They would do well to face their own fears of a BLACK PLANET.

      Mikie would spew hate-filled anti gay rhetoric at his own brother Ronnie to throw shade at President Obama to make his father look good.

      We know Barack Obama is WELL on his way in surpassing Reagan as truly one of our greatest presidents.

      Nope, NO love for you Ronnie Reagan.

    • Ametia,

      The gall of these mofos to spew bs like we’re not hearing them.

    • They can’t help themselves, Dannie!

      Ronald Reagan did more to improve the lives of African-Americans

      The hell you say! Ronald Reagan came on the scene playing racial politics with his “welfare queen” meme. He punished the poor for being poor!

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