Ronald Reagan – Our First “Black” President

by Steve MacDonald

The Daily Tribune News  has an article from two years ago, written by Michael Reagan, former president Ronald Reagan’s son.  In it, he reminds us that Ronald Reagan did more economically for African Americans than our first ‘Black’ president.  And that in contrast to the lefts portrayal of Conservatives, and the media’s recycling of that narrative, Ronald Reagan wanted everyone do the best they could, and to succeed, regardless of where they came from, what they looked like, or who they voted for.

Before he was elected, in speech after speech, my father said that his economic plan would improve the lives of African-Americans. In a February 1977 CPAC address, he said, “The time has come for Republicans to say to black voters: ‘We offer principles that black Americans can and do support. We believe in jobs, real jobs; we believe in education that is really education; we believe in treating all Americans as individuals and not as stereotypes or voting blocs.’”

In a White House Rose Garden ceremony in 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill honoring Dr. King with a federal holiday on the third Monday of January every year. On Dr. King’s birthday that year, my father said, “Abraham Lincoln freed the black man. In many ways, Dr. King freed the white man. . . . Where others — white and black — preached hatred, he taught the principles of love and nonviolence.”

On the anniversary of Dr. King’s birthday, 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.

The entire Tribune article is worth a read:  The Daily Tribune News – Ronald Reagan Our first black president

And thanks to John Ruberry – Marathon Pundt, for pointing it out.

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  • IWKAGGP

    HAPPY CIVIL RIGHTS DAY!

  • Gunownersof america

    I thought Bubba was our first black President? I voted for Reagan a few times, he also took our machine guns away. Reagan then militarized the war against the American people, I mean the war on drugs. Always watch out for smooth speakers[like we have now,Pres. obamo Frank Davis], NRA will sell us by the end of summer, and Biden will have 400,000 militarized police crime bill on the street.

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