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Ronald Reagan's speech in Philadelphia, MS

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Ronald Reagan's visit
In 1980 Ronald Reagan gave his first post-convention speech after being officially chosen 
as the Republican nominee for President of the United States a few miles from Philadelphia, 
announcing at the annual Neshoba County Fair, that with specific regard to economic policy, 
"I believe in states' rights ... [I] believe we have distorted the balance of our government 
today by giving powers that were never intended to be given in the Constitution to that 
federal establishment." He went on to promise to "restore to states and local governments 
the power that properly belongs to them".

Some thought Reagan's speech marked the continuation of the successful Republican "Southern strategy";
this was supposedly evidence of Reagan's libertarian belief in federalism and a greater role for states in 
determining their own policies. However, given the history of Philadelphia, and Reagan's use of the words 
"states' rights", often interpreted as a desire to return to pre-Civil War laws regarding segregation, many 
felt that Reagan was at least insensitive to the concerns of blacks, or that he even was using this location 
and thesewords as a cynical appeal to the white racist vote.

Gee, ya think?

[1][2] Others, while not denying that the "states' rights" phrase was insensitive, point out that Reagan 
was speaking of economic policy, not race, when he made that remark, 

Wait - Reagan went all the way to "Hang Nigger, Mississippi" to talk economic policy?
How white do you have to be to believe that crock of shit?

...that reports at the time stated that the audience did not think he was speaking about race, 

Or, maybe people didn't want to "cause any trouble" since he was running for president.
You know how vindictive Republicans are to areas that didn't vote for them.

       California paid the price

...and that Reagan was on his way to speak to the National Urban League where he stated, 
"I am committed to the protection and enforcement of the civil rights of black Americans. 
This commitment is interwoven into every phase of the programs I will propose," 
hardly evidence that he was engaging in an overtly racist strategy.[3]

Right, because Republicans always talk honestly to Blacks.

Reagan was a Democrat until 1962, when JFK started talking about Civil Rights.
That's when Reagan famously said, "I didn't leave them, they left me."

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