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Ronald Reagan -- Our First Black President?

rsimpkins Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 3:16 PM
Why did you measure the black UD rate under Reagan from 1983? Why not from 1980?

Who was the first black president?

Two decades before the election of Barack Obama, novelist Toni Morrison dubbed Bill Clinton "our first black President." She even said that Clinton was "blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children's lifetime."

Well, I could make an even stronger case for my father, Ronald Reagan, as "our first black president" -- but I won't make that claim. I don't want to diminish the justifiable pride African-Americans take in having a president who is genetically and culturally black. Our first black president is Barack Obama.

But the past two...