Surrounded by the hoax of innumerable policies brought in by the hopeful presidential candidates in the wake of 2020 elections, the question is whether black Americans are treated with equality throughout the country? As history recalls, it seems quite difficult to answer such a simple question.
With each passing day, Americans raise their voices, lamenting over the current political government and often calling the previous governments as the more appropriate ones. The public cites the examples of former Presidents like Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, whom they believe to have been befitting the Oval Office by displaying decorum.
The current Republican Party and its leader are a big failure in the eyes of most of the Americans. About 51 percent of the population believes that the existing US President is a racist because of his comments about the Democratic congresswomen. They even relate his comment of “Make America Great Again”, with that of Reagan, who is believed to have used it during his campaign in 1980.
However, a recent audiotape exchange between Reagan and Nixon portrayed that despite what it looked like Reagan remained a very different person in the eyes of many black Americans. Even though quite a few Americans romanticized him, there were many who suffered during his rule.
The recently released tapes of an October 1971 phone call, between the then US President Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, who was the governor of California at that time, came as a huge shock for the citizens of the country. The great Presidents, who once were admired throughout the country, have become a questionable figure after their deaths.
During the call with Nixon, Reagan described the African delegates in the United Nations as “monkeys” who were “still uncomfortable wearing shoes”. The 1971 call was an aftermath of UN’s successful voting to recognize the Communist government of mainland China and expel Taiwan, to which Nixon largely supported.
Though the tape was initially published in 2000, the racist portion was withheld to protect Reagan’s privacy, who passed away in 2004. Nixon also called the African “cannibals” during a call with his Secretary of State William Rogers. He never considered himself a racist, but his policies said otherwise.
It is apparent that being subjected to inferior and subhuman circumstances is not new for black Americans. The acts of hatred and frustration against these people is clearly visible in every section of the society, be it education, food, Medicare facilities and many more.
Will the ill-treatment of black Americans become a reason for rising calls of change in the upcoming presidential elections? If not, then what policies would help in uplifting these suppressed sections of the society?