Reagan was highly criticized by African-Americans for being insensitive to their needs at the time. There are many examples of his utter disrespect towards Blacks but the most polarizing one was his use of “Welfare Queen.”
“There’s a woman in Chicago,” Reagan said in 1976 during a campaign stop for the Republican nomination for President, according to an article in the now-defunct Washington Star. “She has 80 names, 30 addresses, 12 Social Security cards. … She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income alone is over $150,000.”
The story was wildly over-exaggerated, but that didn’t stop Reagan from repeating it.
Given that Brown was alive and well at the time, his praise of Reagan is odd. Yet he said during the interview that he did not make political endorsements and was not attached to a Party, saying he was simply a “humanitarian.”
To watch and animated version of the voice-recorded interview, listen to the video below.