Wednesday, March 26, 2008

White Man's Burden

Barack Obama's speech on race has allowed much more honest commentary from the press. There have been a string of articles either praising or criticizing the speech, but at least there has been a dialogue about the subject. It has allowed a lot of pundits to weigh in with their thoughts about the issues of race in the country, which is definitely a good thing. I believe that Pat Buchanan wrote the definitive article about the subject yesterday and I just wanted to add my comments to highlight that fact. Here are some of the salient passages:

"White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to"
Pat Buchanan does speak for "White America". He has run for President twice and come within 50,000,000 votes or so of becoming Commander-in-Chief. If that doesn't qualify you to represent the entire White population of America, I don't know what does.

"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."
I couldn't agree more. The Africans who signed up for that pleasure cruise across the ocean (during which many died) to have a better life here in America, I'm sure would be very grateful to learn that their offspring have done so well. I know that there is nothing I would like more than to be violently kidnapped and separated from my family and friends and taken half way around the world (if I was fortunate enough to survive the trip) and be forced into slavery so that in 300 years my descendants would be viewed as almost equal by the racial majority. Where do I sign up? I'm pretty sure that I've got some friends who want in this deal as well.

"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."
Damn, Pat. You're right again. Black people are downright ungrateful. Although all the programs that you mention (welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs) have given a lot more money to Whites than Blacks (and those are government programs funded by tax dollars, meaning that people of every race contributed to them, but let's not argue over details), we should be grateful to have been included when the government was giving out those freebies. There is nothing that people love more than being allowed to subsist below the poverty level.

"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.
You know what Pat? You are right on point again. Blacks should have been happy with separate but equal (damn that liberal Supreme Court). I mean forcing people to actually integrate is downright disgusting. I know that there were lots of schools in the South that couldn't wait to let Black people in. In fact they used have huge welcoming committees for them (usually a lot of soldiers and people holding signs and yelling). White America was waiting with open arms to embrace it's long abused brothers. If only the Government hadn't interfered so much, the country would be much better off today. Don't you think? I know Pat and I do.

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?"
Not enough gratitude, that's the problem with this country today. If we could all just be a little more thankful, then all of our problems would disappear. I'm not talking about the people who actually received help, I'm talking about all the Black people in America. There should be a national "Thank a White Person" day. That way all Black people would be able to properly thank the Whites for all the hard work they have done on their behalf. Oh, let's just make it a month. I'm thinking February. I hear there's nothing going on that month anyway.

"Let him go to Altoona and Johnstown, and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for “deserving” white kids."
Yeah, shouldn't the Ivy league schools be trying harder to get more White kids into their schools?

"As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?"
Another example of how lazy Blacks are. Instead of trying to find a rich Black person, Black criminals just pick the most convenient target around.

Pat and I are in total agreement. I can't wait for his next article to show us all the light once again. I'll end my article with this:
To all Black people, it is time to be more grateful to your benefactors. And to all White people I can only apologize for the delay. But I promise that if you just have a little patience, your gratitude is on its way. So don't be surprised if one day a black man, woman or child comes up to you and says thank you. "For what", you'll say. "For just being you", will be the answer. "For just being you".


TVV said...

The level to which you are misinformed is almost stunning. I really wish that you would meet some actual African Americans. You might learn something.

A big problem in America is that we spend way too much time thinking about race. This includes people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton but also, based on your comments, includes people like yourself. Racism is a disease that affects people of all colors. The cure is to get to know people and to stop blaming others for your problems. And that last statement applies both to blacks who blame everything on whites and to whites who blame everything on blacks. It's all the same thing.

And from studying the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, your comments about the percentage of white people victimized by blacks is incorrect (I'd like to see a link to where you got that statistic from). The fact is that across all races, most crime victims are victimized by others who are within the same racial group.

rapchat said...

Well Done!!!

Sandy Jimenez said...

Some people live in a very fragile bubble, a bubble requiring much maintainance and wishful thinking. I've often heard it said that Americans are stupid, we're not. It's just that we choose to believe whatever is in our best interests to believe, like all people, all over this world.
Pat Buchanan chooses to believe that Black people should be thankful, grateful to America (And by America he means White people who think the way he does). I guess he doesn't ever think to cite the untold numbers of Black people who: died crossing the Atlantic against their will; died in those concentration camps that the history books call plantations; were murdered if it was discovered they could so much as read; lynched by the thousands after the close of the civil war until... well let's be frank, a man was road-hauled until he was nothing but a pelvis because he was black not too long ago in Texas.
Pat Buchanan chooses to believe Black people have been done some great favor by being brought here as slaves by White people, because to abandon that fantasy means having to admit the ugly truth about our country: it is constantly on the search for a disposable population. That is our sad recurring history. America searches for a class who will do the work that no one else will, and ostensibly die in the process. But Black people didn't die, their history is one of survival despite the "benefit" of being born Americans and being forcibly "immigrated"... -and you thought "immigrate" was an intransitive verb? -You're a sucker.
Ironically, only Native Americans, who have been driven to the point of actual extinction, have paid a higher price in aggregate death toll. Black people, it should be noted, built this country's economy with their unpaid labor. So ingrained is the blood and labor of the Black slave in our economy that the currencies and profits made off of the lives of those slaves still courses through our economy, occassionally exposed in some embarrassing corporate disclosure by a company old enough to have been doing business in the 16th, 17th 18th and 19th centuries.
That every Black person in this country didn't pack up and leave following the Emancipation Proclamation rather than work for the people who actually benefit from being born in America, is what Pat Buchanan should be thankful for. It's what we should all be thankful for, America would be an much more artless, homogenous place bereft of many of the scientific advancements that are now just called "American Accomplishments" but in fact are part of the contributions of its former slave class and its progeny.
Pat Buchanan chooses to believe that Black people should be grateful for America's treatment of them. He should feel lucky and be thankful he lives in a country with Black people that ignore such nonsense.

Marshall Gill said...

WOW. Only a racists and socialists see people as members of a group or race instead of as individuals. That about covers Pat, doesn't it? Should we perhaps next expect an article from Pat about Lebensraum?

Pat Buchanan is a disgrace to America. Is there any way I can not be a part of his, and David Duke's "white America"? I am a human being, I will not be defined by the color of my skin. I have not hurt others because I am "white" nor will claim victim status for the being the same.

Go back to the 5th century where you belong.

Donald D'Haene said...

Pat Buchanan's column should get as much attention as the Rev Wright's. Unfortunately he is not alone in his views. Lou Dobb's said the other night that 99% of Americans are not racist. I posted what hogwash that was elsewhere and immediately got trashed. After reading Buchanan's column I can understand why he even thought it was ok that he told a black pundit on live tv to shut up. Guess in his eyes, she should be so lucky to be on the same stage as him. Buchanan said some positive remarks about Obama earlier this year but every day I understand more and more the observation that minorities have to work so much harder (striving for perfection) to be on the same playing field as whites - As soon as Buchanan had some ammunition against Obama (Wright), he has been relentless in damning Obama's judgment. I wonder, where is the indignation at the writings of Buchanan? I believe in freedom of expression, but personally this white boy finds his view, while not surprising, disgusting. Should I question the judgment of MSNBC for employing him as a political commentator?