Ronald Reagan: A Better Friend of Blacks than Obama?

By George E. Curry (Posted By The Editors | January 28th, 2011)

There they go again. First, conservatives ranging from anti-affirmative action foe Ward Connerly, to combative talk show host Glenn Beck, claimed to be acting in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as they sought to dismantle everything he fought for. Now, one of Reagan’s sons has made the outlandish assertion that Reagan was a better friend of African-Americans than the nation’s first black president.

These people have no shame.

In an article that appeared on the day we observe Dr. King’s birthday as a federal holiday, Michael Reagan wrote, “…The past two years have made one thing clear: Ronald Reagan was a far better friend to black Americans than Barack Obama has been.”

And he didn’t stop there.

Instead of Bill Clinton being known as the first black president, the younger Reagan wrote, “Well, I could make an even stronger case for my father, Ronald Reagan, as ‘our first black president.’” He said he could make such a case, but in deference to Obama, he decided he wouldn’t.

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George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site, You can also follow him at


January 28, 2011

2 Responses to “Ronald Reagan: A Better Friend of Blacks than Obama?”

  1. First of all, Barack Obama is America’s first Black President.
    Second, I don’t think that Ronald Reagan, who famously said Dr. King “got what he deserved” when he was assassinated, was ever a “friend” to blacks.

  2. Ronald Reagan…WHO DAT??

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