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Oct. 16, 2021

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Letter: Republicans ignore the past

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In the Republican rebuttal to President Biden’s State of the Union Address, Sen. Tim Scott defended our country’s record on race. But is the GOP trying to launder their history and reputation?

Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” was a Republican Party election strategy to increase political support among white voters in the South by appealing to racism. Ronald Reagan constantly spoke about the Black “welfare queen” and referred to U.N. delegates from African nations as monkeys.

Trump has repeatedly claimed he’s “the least racist person.” History suggests otherwise. In The 1970s, Donald refused to rent to Black tenants. In the 1980s, Black employees at Trump’s casino were removed whenever the Donald arrived.

More recently, Trump stoked the racist birther conspiracy. While president, he said there were “some very fine people” among the white supremacists at Charlottesville and told four minority congresswomen to go back to the countries they came from. We all watched Trump’s racist supporters storm our Capitol building. Now, Trump’s Republican Party is taking a sledgehammer to minority voting rights and demanding that educators quit teaching the dark side of American history.

If our nation is in the midst of a historic reckoning on racism, most leaders of the Republican Party are not participating.

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