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Posted at 5:52 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Nixon bigotry: caught on tape -- again

By Jonathan Capehart

I couldn't let this day end without saying a little something about President Nixon and his tape-recorded views about blacks during a conversation with his personal secretary on Feb. 13, 1973. The paranoid Oval Office occupant didn't think much of people in general, it seems. Irish are "mean" drunks. Jews suffer from a "sense of inferiority" and are "a very aggressive and abrasive and obnoxious personality." And Italians "just don't have their heads screwed on tight."

But blacks? From today's story in The Post:

During another conversation with his personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, Nixon expresses doubt about the opinion of William P. Rogers, his secretary of state, about blacks.

"Bill Rogers has got somewhat - and to his credit it's a decent feeling - but somewhat, sort of, a sort of blind spot on the black thing because he's been in New York," Nixon said. "He says, well, 'They are coming along, and that after all, they are going to strengthen our country in the end because they are strong physically and some of them are smart.' So forth and so on.

"My own view is I think he's right if you're talking in terms of 500 years," Nixon said. "I think it's wrong if you're talking in terms of 50 years. What has to happen is they have to be, frankly, inbred. And, you just, that's the only thing that's going to do it, Rose."

"Some of them are smart." True. So much so that just 35 years after Nixon's bigoted statement, America sent Barack and Michelle Obama to the White House. Would that I could confidently say that Nixon's view is no longer shared.

Listen to Nixon for yourself here.

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 13, 2010; 5:52 PM ET
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Comments

And a big SO WHAT?

How does this count as news or some new revelation. This is nothing more than the Left trying to recycle hate from 40 years ago.

I seem to recall that such leftist luminaries as LBJ, JKF, and many other lefties from this era used much the same vocabulary about much the same ethnic groups.

Somehow this is only a revelation when it comes to Nixon. Stop being so dishonest Capehart and reporting only half the story.

Posted by: krankyman | December 13, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Complain, complain, complain, Capehart. Heck, you're 450 years ahead of your time, it would seem.

Posted by: Martial | December 13, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I think we should enjoy this for the comedy it is. The guy saying this kind of stuff on tape presumes to talk about the intelligence of others.

Posted by: Reason7 | December 14, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan, Jonathan:

Nixon said: "What has to happen is they have to be, frankly, inbred."

Then you offer up Barak Obama as an example of how wrong Nixon was.

Hello!! Obama's mother was white. Are you trying to prove Nixon's point?

The next time you feel compelled to make such a profound and specious observation, don't do it while reading a Dan Savage Village Voice article on the joys of anal sex. The excitement is apparently too much for you.

Posted by: Lazarus40 | December 14, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The man is dead. Give your "poor, black me" routine a rest.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | December 14, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Richard Nixon resigned the presidency 36 years ago and has been dead for 16 years. Haven't we got more pressing matters to deal with than the bigoted rantings of a disgraced former president from a bygone era?

Posted by: jjlc125 | December 14, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, using Barack wasn't the greatest example. First, he is an inbred, as Lazarus posted earlier. Second, not ALL of America sent him to the white house - 48 percent of the country was smart enough to see pass the phony.

Nixon's comments weren't even that bad and, to be honest, weren't too far off.

Posted by: chris671 | December 14, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart; all,

every time i see an editorial like this one on Richard Nixon & what he thought FOUR DECADES or more ago, i am again reminded that The DIMocRATS Party & numerous DIMocRAT Presidents happily accepted & embraced the OPEN bigotry of US Senator ROBERT "KKK" BYRD, who was both a sitting Senator AND a NATIONAL OFFICER of THE KU KLUX KLAN until his recent death, just this year.

WHERE are the editorials in "The Washington COMpost" that attacked Byrd's bigotry, open racism, use of ethnic slurs, etc?

was it "perfectly acceptable" to the writer's of The COMpost that Senator Byrd was described (just this year) by BHO as "a shining light of the Senate for many years & a credit to the United States & the State of West Virginia"?

is it OK to be a BIGOT, a RACIST & a filthy KLANSMAN if you are a "faithful" DIMocRAT & always "toe the party line"?

i would guess that RACISM is "perfectly acceptable" to DIMocRATS, inasmuch as the DIMocRAT Party also for decades accepted/applauded the actions of:
1. "Bull" Connors,
2. Orville Faubus,
3. George Wallace,
4. "Justice Jim" Johnson,
5. Bill Fullbright,
6. Lester Maddox
and
7.a host of other OPEN racists, CROOKS & KLANSMEN.

DIMocRAT "leaders", thy name is HYPOCRITES & you make decent people GAG!

to all: IF you are as angry & disgusted with the antics of the DIMocRATS/"progressives"/LIBs in the WH/Congress, as our members are, join THE TEA PARTY in your county & help us take our country back to sane, commonsense & CONSTITUTIONAL government. - you will be WARMLY WELCOMED & "put to work" to help us throw out the fools/bigots/antisemites/idiots/criminals that currently inhabit our national government.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | December 15, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

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