Recently released conversations from the 265 hours of tapes made in the Oval Office during the Nixon presidency show just how out of touch he was regarding black people. His secretary of state, William Rogers, had commented that blacks were “coming along” and would in the end strengthen the country because we are “strong physically and some of them are smart”
Nixon on tape talking to his personal secretary Rose Mary Woods says “I think he’s right if you’re talking 500 years. I think he’s wrong if you’re talking in terms of 50 years”
What did the former President think it would take to move us as a people “along”?
He told his secretary “they have to be, frankly, inbred… that’s the only thing that’s going to do it Rose.”