I must admit, I never liked Pat Buchanan because I always felt that he did not care much for the needs of blacks in America. But his statements last month have confirmed my position and I will not be watching MSNBC as long as he is on. Below is the complete article, “A Brief for Whitey,” in his syndicated column written on March 21. He asserted that “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 know.”This is not only insulting but degrading to all blacks everywhere. Please flood the telephone lines at MSNBC about what Buchanan has said. Why is he still on the air? He owes ALL BLACKS an apology for these racist statements. Call MSNBC at 212-664-4444.
Buchanan was discussing Sen. Barack Obama’s March 18 speech addressing race and controversial comments by his former pastor, Jeremiah A. Wright. He continued, “Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.” Buchanan then asserted that “no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans.” Later in the column, Buchanan added: “We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?” Gratitude? Has he forgotten the days of segregation? The days of Jim Crow? The days when blacks were enslaved? The days when women were raped by their slave masters and their men could only watch? The days when we had to use separate entrances to public facilities? The days when we had to sit at the back of the bus? Did he somehow forget the days when we were denied the right to a fair trail, as in the case of Emmett Till’s murder? How dare this man have such effrontery!
This reinforces the fact that there are many people who share his position and they would never in a million years want a black man to dare to dream to be the president of the United States, much less actual run for the position, as Barack Obama has done. They would rather put a bumbling idiot in the White House or a woman who is so polarizing and mistrusted, than to put a black man in office. Gratitude? Where is the gratitude that Buchanan has for what blacks have done in America–the sweat of our labor has created some of the most magnificent structures he and others use today.
From Buchanan’s March 21 column:
How would he pull it off? I wondered. How would Barack explain to his press groupies why he sat silent in a pew for 20 years as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright delivered racist rants against white America for our maligning of Fidel and Gadhafi, and inventing AIDS to infect and kill black people?
How would he justify not walking out as Wright spewed his venom about “the U.S. of K.K.K. America,” and howled, “God damn America!” My hunch was right. Barack would turn the tables.
Yes, Barack agreed, Wright’s statements were “controversial,” and “divisive,” and “racially charged,” reflecting a “distorted view of America.”
But we must understand the man in full and the black experience out of which the Rev. Wright came: 350 years of slavery and segregation. Barack then listed black grievances and informed us what white America must do to close the racial divide and heal the country. The “white community,” said Barack, must start “acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination — and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past — are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds … .”
And what deeds must we perform to heal ourselves and our country? The “white community” must invest more money in black schools and communities, enforce civil rights laws, ensure fairness in the criminal justice system and provide this generation of blacks with “ladders of opportunity” that were “unavailable” to Barack’s and the Rev. Wright’s generations.
What is wrong with Barack’s prognosis and Barack’s cure? Only this. It is the same old con, the same old shakedown that black hustlers have been running since the Kerner Commission blamed the riots in Harlem, Watts, Newark, Detroit and a hundred other cities on, as Nixon put it, “everybody but the rioters themselves.”
Was “white racism” really responsible for those black men looting auto dealerships and liquor stories, and burning down their own communities, as Otto Kerner said — that liberal icon until the feds put him away for bribery.
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 40million, 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?
What he has written is not only insulting to blacks in America, but also Latinos, women and other races. Pat Buchanan, for your information, not all blacks live in the inner cities. Not all blacks are on food stamps and I must add that not only blacks get food stamps and government assistance. There are many blacks in positions of power in this country and who make valuable contributions in the grand scheme of things. Mr. Buchanan, you are no better than the racists within our midst. I say we boycott MSNBC until he apologizes for what he has said. Talk about gratitude? The election is about race and nothing else. Many would prefer to see Hillary Clinton get the nomination, not because of her policy issues, but simply because she is white. Just my thoughts, you be the judge…..
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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.