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Unearthed Tapes Record Reagan Calling African Delegates ‘Those Monkeys’

The days of politicians spewing racist banter “behind closed doors” are long over. For one, our President of the United States is publicly calling on Congresswoman of color to “go back” to where they came from and even allowing for thirteen uncomfortable seconds of rally-goers shouting “send her back.” For another, the Internet has allowed the public to hear otherwise private comments that the POTUS doesn’t want immigrants from “shithole countries.”

Last August, an October 1971 portion of tape recording President Richard Nixon chatting with then-California Governor Ronald Reagan was released. In it, we hear the most influential political leaders in the world laugh at the expense of African delegates and African-Americans.

Ronald Reagan apparently called Richard Nixon to vent his frustration at the way African delegates voted to recognize the People’s Republic of China.

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“Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan told Nixon. “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them,” Reagan said. “They’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Nixon replied with a booming laugh.

Reagan reportedly hated the United Nations and described it as a “kangaroo court” filled with “bums.”

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That day in October, the UN voted to seat a delegation from Beijing instead of from Taiwan. Reagan preferred Taiwan and was enraged when the Tanzanian delegates started dancing in celebration of the news. Reagan called Nixon that very night but Nixon was asleep. They spoke the next morning, when the tape was recorded, and when Reagan pressed Nixon to back out of the United Nations.

Right after talking with Reagan, Nixon called Secretary of State William Rogers and called the African delegates “cannibals.”

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In Nixon’s retelling of Reagan’s language to Rogers, he struggles not to sound racist. He fails. “As you can imagine, there’s strong feeling that we just shouldn’t, as [Reagan] said, he saw these, as he said, he saw these—these, uh, these cannibals on television last night,” Nixon tells Rogers. “And [Reagan] says, ‘Christ, they weren’t even wearing shoes, and here the United States is going to submit its fate to that,’ and so forth and so on.”

Then, hours later, Nixon called Rogers again to vent, using Reagan’s racism as permission to repeat it, “I found out what outraged him [Reagan], and I find this is typical of a lot of people: They saw it on television and, he said, ‘These cannibals jumping up and down and all that.’ And apparently, it was a pretty grotesque picture. He practically got sick at his stomach, and that’s why he called. And he said, ‘It was a terrible scene.’ And that sort of thing will have an emotional effect on people … as [Reagan] said, ‘This bunch of people who don’t even wear shoes yet, to be kicking the United States in the teeth’ … It was a terrible thing, they thought.”

Nixon recorded their conversation, but the racist portion was withheld from the public to “protect Reagan’s privacy.”

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The National Archives had released this conversation in 2000 originally but intentionally struck the racist parts from the public record. When Reagan died in 2004, his privacy could be legally dismissed as terms for keeping the conversation from the public. Tim Naftali, a researcher at the National Archives, requested the conversations be reviewed once again. It was released to the public two weeks ago. 

But Nixon never kept his racism private.

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In an interview, Nixon announced that he believes Richard Hernstein and Arthur Jensen’s conclusions that IQ is tied to race–that there is a biological racial hierarchy that codifies white supremacy. He saw whites and Asians as much higher on the totem pole than Africans and Latinos. This wasn’t racism to him. It was a fact.

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together


Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck is opening up about the early 2000s when he and Jennifer Lopez were Hollywood’s It Couple. The duo–formerly known by the moniker “Bennifer”–captivated the world with their glamourous and somewhat surprising courtship.

But the relationship eventually unraveled under the intense pressure of public scrutiny.

In a recent podcast appearance, Affleck revealed just how terrible and racially-charged the criticism on their relationship was.

“People were so f–king mean about her,” he said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

“At first At first it was like Dick and Liz [Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor], it was this sort of infatuation: ‘What an interesting couple‘. And then there was a ton of resentment. A ton of resentment against me, a ton of resentment against Jennifer.”

He went on to explain that what was so fascinating about the relationship to the general public–namely, how they had such vastly different backgrounds–wasn’t something he thought twice about.

Affleck went on to sing JLo’s praises, saying that she deserves all of the praise and adulation she now receives.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished–as well she f**king should be!” he said.

“She was very much like the kind of girl I went to high school with,” he explained. “It was a very socioeconomically mixed, ethnically mixed place–those kinds of differences that just seem to shock America were meaningless to me.”

“I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today…just on a pure odds level.”

He concluded: “I never met anyone who worked harder than Jennifer Lopez.” On that, we can definitely agree.

Jennifer Lopez has also been candid about how traumatic the public response was back then to her relationship with Ben Affleck.

“I was eviscerated,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the media coverage of her and Ben’s relationship we well as their much-maligned film, “Gigli”. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.”

But now, it appears they’re both in happier places. Ben Affleck has two children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner and JLo is happily engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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