- The US National Archives has exposed former presidents in a blatantly racist scandal
- The entity released a telephone call between Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, during which they make derogatory comments about African UN delegates
- This call was released on the back of offensive comments made by current President Donald Trump
A telephone call between US president Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon has exposed racism among the country's leaders.
During the conversation, Reagan refers to United Nation delegates from African nations as 'monkeys', who he claims were 'still uncomfortable wearing shoes'.
The Citizen reports that the call was released in full after previously being released with the most controversial parts omitted to protect the ex-president's privacy.
After Reagan's death in 2004 this was no longer a concern, with Tim Naftali, former Nixon Presidential Library director, calling for the taped conversations to be reviewed.
The conversations took place following the UN voting to recognise the People's Republic of China instead of Taiwan, whom Reagan had been a vocal supporter of.
During the call, Reagan can be heard complaining about the UN sitting after the vote didn't go his way:
“Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did…”
To which Nixon says "Yeah", with Reagan continuing with his line of thought and saying:
“To see those, those monkeys from those African countries… Damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!”
African countries had supported the vote to include China, with the Tanzanian delegation breaking into dance during the announcement.
The release of the full tapes comes as US president Donald Trump is cast into the spotlight for alleged racism.
Trump has repeatedly taken on four non-white Democratic congresswomen, but still claims that:
“I am the least racist person anywhere in the world.”
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