Former California Governor Ronald Reagan has made a racist comment about Africans, termed them as “monkeys” in a newly-discovered recorded conversation with the United States President Richard Nixon.
The record of October 1971’s phone call was excavated by Tim Naftali, former Director of Richard Nixon Presidential Library, his findings were published online on August 1 in The Atlantic magazine.
The record is of a call Reagan has placed to Nixon after the UN voted to recognize the People’s Republic of China.
Reagan won the Presidency in 1980, was a passionate defender of Taiwan and termed Nixon to vent his anger at African country, which defied the US and voted at the UN to permit recognition to the People’s Republic.
Over the phone call, Reagan has criticized the African nations that sided against the US.
Reagan continued, “Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did.”
Nixon replied, “Yeah.”
Reagan further said, “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries – damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!”
Nixon replied with a huge roar and went on to gleefully repeat his remarks in other recorded conversations with his advisers.
Naftali is now an associate professor at New York University, claims that the portion of the record containing his remarks were primarily withheld to protect his privacy but the total version was unveiled by the National Archives.
The United States President Donald Trump has been accused of often making racist remarks and was recently rebuked by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives over his “racist comments”, President Trump made about four minority Democratic lawmakers.