If Pat Buchanan were to publicly use a racial slur, he would no doubt be fired from his pundit-on-call position at the various networks and labeled rightly as a nutjob. The hateful diatribe Buchanan posted today on his website, titled “A Brief For Whitey”, will allow him to keep his job and whatever respectable reputation he enjoys, but it strikes me as far worse and far more dangerous than the shock of a single word:
Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America.
Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to.
This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:
First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.
Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.
Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.
Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants.
Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.
We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?
There are so many ridiculous misreadings of both history and present-day reality in the article that it’s not even worth parsing them. (For example, of the ”untold trillions” that America has spent “to bring the African-American community into the mainstream,” how much of that wealth would be in some other country or on some other continent without the salary-free labor that tens of millions of black slaves provided to the Western hemisphere for over 400 years?).
And Buchanan’s “black Americans are better off because of slavery” justification– typically embraced among fringe hate groups, not in mainstream political discourse– has been a calling card of bigotry for centuries, with despicable origins that go all the way back to (no doubt guilt-ridden) slave owners and traders.
But at the risk of dignifying Buchanan’s brand of history-through-Caucasian-colored-glasses hatred with a response, let me just say that from an objective historical and sociological perspective, the reason the African-American community has the problems it does is largely because too many men who think like Pat Buchanan– and conversely too few men who think like Barack Obama– have been running the country.