Stamped

by

Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

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Ronald Reagan Character Analysis

Ronald Reagan was the governor of California from 1967 to 1975 and the 40th president of the United States, from 1981 to 1989. As governor, he got Angela Davis fired from her job, and as president, he copied Nixon’s “southern strategy” by promising to control and pull resources out of “urban,” “undesirable,” “ghetto” neighborhoods—meaning Black communities. His solution was the War on Drugs. By increasing the penalties for minor, nonviolent drug offenses and focusing enforcement on Black communities, Reagan’s policies drove crime in Black communities, limited their political power, and created the modern system of mass incarceration.

Ronald Reagan Quotes in Stamped

The Stamped quotes below are all either spoken by Ronald Reagan or refer to Ronald Reagan. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers edition of Stamped published in 2020.
Chapter 24 Quotes

And the media, as always, drove the stereotypes without discussing the racist framework that created much of them. Once again, Black people were lazy and violent, the men were absent from the home because they were irresponsible and careless, and the Black family was withering due to all this, but especially, according to Reagan, because of welfare. There was no evidence to support any of this, but hey, who needs evidence when you have power, right?

Related Characters: Jason Reynolds (speaker), Ronald Reagan
Page Number: 206
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Ronald Reagan Character Timeline in Stamped

The timeline below shows where the character Ronald Reagan appears in Stamped. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 23: Murder Was the Case
Racism vs. Antiracism Theme Icon
History and the Present Theme Icon
How Racist Ideas Spread Theme Icon
Meanwhile, California governor Ronald Reagan fired Angela Davis from her teaching job at UCLA because she was a communist. This... (full context)
Chapter 24: What War on Drugs?
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Power, Profit, and Privilege Theme Icon
Like Nixon, Ronald Reagan won the presidency with the “southern strategy.” Then, he launched the War on Drugs. Crime... (full context)
Racism vs. Antiracism Theme Icon
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Power, Profit, and Privilege Theme Icon
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But Reagan and the media blamed stereotypes—and the welfare system—for this crime wave. Even Bill Cosby’s Cosby... (full context)