*Najee Ali CEO of Project Islamic Hope and a coalition of Los Angeles civil rights leaders are announcing a Change.org petition campaign calling for California Governor Gavin Newsom to remove Ronald Reagan’s name from a downtown Los Angeles state office building due to Reagan being a confirmed racist whose derogatory and racist comments towards black people was recently released in an audio recording (listen via the player above).
“Our coalition of civil rights leaders believe that it’s no longer appropriate, if it ever was, to honor Reagan who many African Americans believed was racist, but we now have indisputable evidence. Reagan’s words exposed what blacks already knew — that he was a racist of the worst kind.
“When you hear the tape of Reagan stating, “To see those . . . monkeys from those African countries — damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes,” it’s just a confirmation that Trump isn’t the first white supremacist to be president. Not only was Reagan a racist in his words look at his track record of Governor of California when he attempted to destroy the Black Panther Party and his public policy as president.
“Reagan dismantled and slashed funding for Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), housing assistance programs, Medicaid, the Work Incentive program, the food stamp program, and after-school-program funding. His first year in office, according to the Congressional Budget Office, Of the 450,000 to 500,000 families with earnings estimated to be receiving AFDC at the time of the [1981 program] changes, about one-half are estimated to have lost eligibility because of those changes. Reagan wasn’t just a racist against black people with his words his public policy helped destroy black and brown families. Governor Newsom shouldn’t ignore or condone racism by previous Governor’s we don’t care who they are. Newsom should consider naming the state office building which has a diverse and multicultural workforce in it, after a more fitting Californian who brought people together such as former Lt. Governor Mervyn Dymally, labor activists Cesar Chavez or Dolores Huetra.
“California should follow the lead of southern states who have removed the names of monuments of racist leaders from their sordid past history. Locally in July 2015, the Long Beach School Board had the courage and conviction to remove the name of Robert E. Lee, a confederate commander from one of their elementary schools. Its never too late to stop honoring leaders with racist views. Reagan is no different than any other white supremacist. A racist is a racist who should never be honored,” stated Najee Ali CEO of Project Islamic Hope.
Date: Friday, August 9, 2019
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Ronald Reagan State Building
300 South Spring Street
Los Angeles CA 90013