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Pat Buchanan: Rev. Wright should get down on his knees and thank God for slavery

By Griffin · March 24th, 2008 · 6 Comments

 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.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Emmett Jones // Mar 25, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Wow. Pat Buchanan has really lost it. my favorite part is definitely the trillions spent on blacks since the ’60s. Funny on two counts,

    1. black people were in that situation where money was needed because of the 400 years before the 60′s.

    2. White America wouldn’t have had the trillions of dollars to support black America if black America wouldnt have built the entire economy through slavery.

    I think you should email Keith Olbermann about his comments, and add your own to them. Maybe you can get mentioned on TV or something.

  • 2 Larry Green // Apr 1, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Pat you are an idiot! This is why Americans are afraid to discuss race in America. It will always be one sided. African Americans will always feel mistreated by America and White people like you Pat will always feel like Black people owe you something. Blacks were enslaved by you. Did you forget that. That part of history will never change. And unless you change your attitude as a political figure in America. People will never change. Maybe that’s what you want anyway.

  • 3 b.butterfly // Jun 18, 2008 at 2:37 am

    It is something to realize that all Humans on the Planet Earth space ship designed themselves before being born. I am sure thats why racism exist. I wonder if other space people park their spaceships up there and watch the Human show.All one people. on one planet, spending collective resources to build bombs to kill their neighbors.This same group of people brought us Slavery, the Killing of the Indians and the attack and killing of the free people of Iraq. Now we have to find a way to give them back the rights we killed them for. One race, the HUMAN RACE. Racisim makes no sense.

  • 4 cavadias d bryant // Jun 18, 2008 at 7:08 am

    Why does he still have a job on MSNBC? He was part of the worst administations in history and on top of that is a straight up racist clown, I can’t believe the nerve of him to say the things on his blog, Africans were stripped of everything and tortured mentally and physically for 400 years and he talking about white man’s grivences it would take a 60t year old white man to feel this way in 2008 were’s Armstrong Williams, Niger Ennis and Juan Williams when you need them to justify this old white man’s way of thinking they love to spin white guilt.

  • 5 Saddamnyouall // Jun 12, 2011 at 11:22 am

    How in the hell has America provided us with the greatest freedom and prosperity we have ever know when we built the damn pyramids. (Ancient Egyptians did consider themselves a subset of the African race).

    The first civilization to appear in Northern Africa was that of the Nubians. The Nubians lived in villages along the Nile River, just south of Egypt around 3000 B.C. The fertile soils and endless fresh water from the Nile made Nubia the perfect location to build a city. The city they built was one of the most sophisticated of the time. Nubian kings, noblemen, and merchants grew wealthy through trade with Egypt and other peoples. Elaborate Nubian tombs have been found, showing that the kings of the time were as wealthy as the Egyptian kings of the same era.

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