The recent revelation of a conversation between Ronald Reagan, then Governor of California, with President Richard Nixon has sparked a whole controversy over the racist terms with which they referred to African representatives participating in a United Nations convention.
As reported by CNN on its online site, the phone conversation took place in October 1971 and had been made public in 2000, not including the strong racist comments made by Reagan. A new version of the dialogue revealed a few days ago, and without editions, has generated quite a controversy.
"Last night, I'm telling you, having seen this on television … seeing those monkeys from those African countries, damn, they don't even feel comfortable wearing shoes," says Reagan with some anger, after the United Nations general assembly voted against an initiative that supported the United States, a motion that the Tanzanian delegation celebrated by dancing.
Reportedly, the portion in which these strong comments are heard was removed from the first version of the revealed audio to protect the privacy of Reagan, who years later would become the President of the United States. After the death of the former president in 2004, the National Archive seems to have included this fragment in question.
Reagan's controversial statements are released shortly after current President Donald Trump starred in a controversy by using racist language to attack four female congressmen, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.