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Two president's reactions to racism


August 25, 2017

Former President Ronald Reagan

At the NAACP's annual convention in 1981, former President Ronald Reagan stated in response to racist violence:

"A few isolated groups in the backwater of American life still hold perverted notions of what America is all about. Recently in some places in the nation there's been a disturbing reoccurrence of bigotry and violence."

To those "who still adhere to senseless racism and religious prejudice," Reagan said this:

"You are the ones who are out of step with our society. You are the ones who willfully violate the meaning of the dream that is America. And this country, because of what it stands for, will not stand for your conduct."

President Donald Trump

He continued, "My administration will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who, by violence or intimidation, would attempt to deny Americans their constitutional rights."

On Aug. 14, 2017, in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., President Donald Trump stated, "...we condemn in strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America. And as I have said many times before, no matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws. We all salute the same great flag. And we are all made by the same almighty God." 

And he added, "Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."


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