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Ronald Reagan: The 100-Year-Old Racist?
Townhall ^ | 2/8/11 | Larry Elder

Posted on 02/09/2011 11:48:35 PM PST by pissant

Ronald Reagan "tortured" blacks. Tavis Smiley, the PBS television host, once said this about the former president. NBC's Bryant Gumbel and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, among many others, consider Reagan a racist.

"There they go again," as Reagan might have said.

The economic lot for blacks and Hispanics improved far more than it did for whites after Reagan's steep tax cuts. In late 1982, Reagan's second year in office, the unemployment rate for blacks was 20.4 percent. By 1989, his last year, the black unemployment rate had fallen to 11.4 percent -- a 9 percent drop. In late 1982, the unemployment rate for Hispanics was 15.3 percent. By 1989, it had fallen to 8 percent -- a drop of over 7 percentage points. White unemployment, by contrast, fell "only" 4 percentage points.

What about black-owned businesses? In 1982, according to the Census Bureau, there were 308,000 black-owned businesses. By 1987, the number had increased to 424,000, up 38 percent. The number of all U.S. businesses was up "only" 14 percent. Receipts for black-owned businesses went from less than $10 billion to nearly $20 billion -- a 100 percent increase.

But didn't Reagan apply the "racist" so-called "Southern Strategy" to get elected? And weren't the Southern Republicans on whom Reagan relied merely racist former Dixiecrats chased into the GOP's open arms on the issue of civil rights?

(Excerpt) Read more at townhall.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: reagan; thatsracist
the left still despises him despite their new tactic of pretending to have stood shoulder to shoulder with the Gipper.
1 posted on 02/09/2011 11:48:39 PM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

Who knew Larry Elder was so “racist?” ;-)


2 posted on 02/10/2011 12:21:30 AM PST by DakotaRed (Why not just pass a law requiring criminals to obey the laws?)
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I had to listen to “The Ed Show” tonight/last night for work.

THAT was torture.

I’m a black man, and I wish I’d been old enough to vote for Mr. Reagan (I was 11 and 15 respectively). When he died, I cried. I was doing ok for a while that day until Tammy Bruce’s show on KABC. She broke down while reading his 1994 letter, and the tears flowed again. I took off work that Friday so I could watch the service from home.

Tavis Smiley and Bryant Du...err, Gumbel aren’t worthy to mention Ronald Reagan’s name.


3 posted on 02/10/2011 1:18:15 AM PST by Christian4Bush (Happy New Year. Less than 675 days until we vote out the chaff.)
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To: DakotaRed

Back when I was in Houston (2002-2007) I head Larry Elder on his radio talk show,along with several other talk shows.

I loved his show, back then he had his mother as a consultant.


4 posted on 02/10/2011 2:21:18 AM PST by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonymous)
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To: Christian4Bush

Some of the Black guys I work with are not too happy with chairman Obama.


5 posted on 02/10/2011 2:35:07 AM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: Christian4Bush

I had to listen to “The Ed Show” tonight/last night for work.

THAT was torture.

I’m a black man, and I wish I’d been old enough to vote for Mr. Reagan (I was 11 and 15 respectively). When he died, I cried. I was doing ok for a while that day until Tammy Bruce’s show on KABC. She broke down while reading his 1994 letter, and the tears flowed again. I took off work that Friday so I could watch the service from home.

Tavis Smiley and Bryant Du...err, Gumbel aren’t worthy to mention Ronald Reagan’s name.


I guess Ronald Reagan is the only president in my life time that i have really trusted to serve the people of a free nation and to do his best to keep it free.

I was like so many democrats still are today, i did not realize that the parties both democrat and republican had been infiltrated by the socialist mentality.

I liked John Kennedy and when Carter ran for president i voted for him, thinking he would be like Kennedy, i could see my mistake right away.

Then when Ronald Reagan came on the scene and had his debates with carter it was something new and unbelievable, no double talk, no mincing of words, no b.s. no lies, no wallowing in the mud, just straight talk.

And after he became president, i could see that he said what he meant, and meant what he said, a truly great man.

I am white but i have listened to Herman Cain, a black man talk some the last couple years on his radio talk show, i do not know much about him but it seems to me he makes more sense than any one else who would be in the position to run for president, he believes in the principals this nation was founded on and that is a good start.

I would welcome comments, Cain and Palin for instance?


6 posted on 02/10/2011 5:55:32 AM PST by ravenwolf (Just a bit of the long list of proofs)
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To: screaminsunshine

I’m a black female and I didn’t know much about Reagan - but I do know a whole lot about Obama! I didn’t vote for him in 2008 and I won’t be voting for him in 2012 - “if” he is on the ballot!!


7 posted on 02/10/2011 10:13:06 AM PST by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain
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