Ronald Reagan called African UN delegates ‘monkeys’, recordings reveal


In newly released , then can be heard making remarks on phone call with

Richard Nixon

Ronald Reagan made racist remarks about delegates to the , calling them monkeys and saying they were still wearing , newly released audio recordings have revealed.

Reagan, the turned politician who was a two-term , made the comments in a phone call with the disgraced former Richard Nixon as the two discussed a 1971 vote by the UN to recognize , instead of the US ally . At the of the call, was still president and Reagan was governor of California.

The two were discussing the Tanzanian delegations reaction to the vote, after delegates danced in the chamber.

To that thing on , as I did, to see those, those monkeys from those African damn them, theyre still uncomfortable wearing shoes! Reagan tells Nixon, who erupts in laughter.

The recording was published in the Atlantic magazine in an article written by Tim Naftali, who directed the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum from 2007 to 2011.

The news comes as the current occupant of the Oval Office, Donald Trump, is engulfed in controversy after making racist remarks about the city of Baltimore and a black congressman whose district partially covers the city. Trump who frequently uses racist or racially charged language called Baltimore a rat and rodent-infested mess and the worst in the .

In , Naftali writes that between the two men had been originally released in 2000 with the racist portion removed to protect Reagans .

After Reagans in 2004, the privacy concerns were eliminated, and last year Naftali requested the full release of the recordings. They were released this month by National Archives, which made them available .

Reagan, a icon, was a strident supporter of Taiwan and despised the UN and wanted the US to withdraw from the international organization immediately, according to Naftali.

recordings show that Nixon paraphrased Reagans comments as a way of expressing the same without repeating the exact slur.

In a subsequent call to his of state, William Rogers, Nixon recounts his conversation with Reagan about the UN delegation from African nations.

He saw these, uh, he said these, uh … these cannibals on television last night, and he says, Christ, they werent even wearing shoes, and the is going to submit its fate to that, and so forth and so on, Nixon says.

The president wanted his patrician to understand that Reagan spoke for racist Americans, and they needed to be listened to, Naftali writes in the .

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