(fact #1: there have been far more white slaves in recent history than blacks, taken out from Mediterranean Europe and sold in Northern Africa; fact #2: almost all black slaves were enslaved by blacks “brothers”,that sold them to whites; fact #3: the so called “colonialism” in XIX Century was initially aimed to cut slave routes still held by blacks and arabs; etc.etc.)
This video is pretty amazing. I don’t think I’ve seen a dialog quite like it between a politician and students.
In December 1967, then-California governor Ronald Reagan had just given a speech on the Yale campus and stopped by the pool room of the Sigma chapter of St. Anthony Hall to talk with some undergrads.
The Yale students are, understandably, concerned about the Vietnam War, something a state governor hasn’t much say in, a point Reagan makes repeatedly. Reagan and the students go back and forth on issues in a way that is almost jarring compared to the tightly choreographed political events we’re used to seeing.
Jacques Leslie, one of the students there that day, wrote about the visit for the Yale Alumni magazine in 1997:"The session was filmed for local public television. It didn’t matter to us students that Reagan was then the Governor of California and could thus claim that foreign policy was not his domain — all we wanted to talk about was Vietnam. We grew increasingly frustrated, while Reagan, merely by maintaining his cool, easily got the better of us. It wasn’t until I watched the tape nearly three decades later that I appreciated the scene’s underlying poignancy, the intensity of the extended drama in which we performed. What struck me was the uncomplicated boldness of us students."Watch for:
7:35 - A student asking if Reagan would promise to read a couple of anti-war books, and Reagan briefly detailing his own past as a former New Deal Democrat.
8:35 - Nancy Reagan chilling in the back in sunglasses!
It’s 9 minutes well worth your time if you’re a student of history or politics, no matter how you feel about Reagan or his policies.
This is quite interesting.