Saturday, 11 July 2009

American views 1 - Buchanan to Obama

By Patrick J. Buchanan

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, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known. Rev. Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.

Second, no people anywhere have 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 their 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???

Barack talks about new 'ladders of opportunity' for blacks. 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? Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America? Is it really white America's fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?

Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?

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?

Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?

We have all heard ad-nauseam from the Rev. Al Sharpton about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.

Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago.

First Published April 2009


alanorei said...

Thanks, Sarah

As usual, you have "plentifully declared the thing as it is" Job 26:3.

Anonymous said...

I have a few questions about this:

These facts and statistics are unassailable in their truth.As such, and according to this evidence, White America is being held to paying permanent pennance for the slavery of 600 000 imported blacks from Africa.

The subsequent emancipation, freedom, liberties, prosperity as well as just plain preferential treatment that American Blacks have enjoyed since then remain however, subject to the "ill treatment" of the initial 600 000 slaves and as Buchanan states, we hear so much about the grievances but nothing of the gratitude.

It would seem that regardless of any good, goodwill or compensation in plain hard cash regardless of the amount, is immediately and totally negated by the slightest injury, real or perceived, past, present or potential, to American blacks, be that to an individual or collectively and justifies howls of outrage against white America with calls in public by the likes Louis Farrakhan for an overt agenda of violent retaliation by blacks against whites that clearly resides in the collective black American psyche and manifests in the violent black on white criminal statistics we see in the US today.

When and how then can the black American capacity for compensation, entitlement, benefits and paradoxically retribution against white Americans EVER be assuaged?

Surely this profile of black American society has assumed dimensions that no white American can claim to be ignorant of, yet for some reason they do not see it as for the threat that it is.

Are they that cowed by the possibility of being labelled racist in case they were to speak out against violent black on white crime, blacks milking the system, blacks destroying neighbourhoods and societies; that they not only will not speak out against it, will not do anything about it and in fact bizarrely endorse the destruction of white America by a minority black population to the extent that they would elect as the President of their country a black individual who is more representative of every historical, recent and current enmity of the USA than any other individual representative of the nation and it's history?

What depth of moral cowardice subjects an entire nation of nearly 300 million people to capitulate their history, their heritage, their faith and the future of their children to enemies within, purely to escape the nebulous, unqualified indictment of white racism when in fact they are the biggest victims of the most overt, hypocritical, criminally violent black racism in history besides what has transpired in Southern Africa; each white man, woman and child in the US succumbing forever to victimhood, insecurity and fear of blacks in the country of their forefathers?

The world has truly gone insane.

Anonymous said...

It's just a funny thing,but if there had been no slavery the blacks living in the US wouldn't have ever been born. No they wouldn't have been born in Africa either,so they should be thankful for that alone.

Dr.D said...

Buchanan is correct in what he says.

Slavery for their forefathers is the best thing that ever happened for today's blacks. Instead of talk of reparations, they should be expressing their gratitude, both to their forefathers for what they endured, and to white America for what it has given them. Without this gift, they would still be living extremely primitive lives in Africa at best.

This attitude of gross black anger and resentment is a relatively recent thing for the most part, dating to the mid-1960s. Before that time, in the period now much derided and called by the name Jim Crow, there was largely peace between the races in America. There was also largely separation. Blacks and whites worked together during the day, but they went their separate ways after work. Education was separate, which had the advantage of not pressuring blacks to achieve beyond their capabilities. During Jim Crow, blacks were generally much better off and much happier than they are today. Black families were intact, blacks almost all had jobs, there were many black businesses, drugs were a tiny problem, the black Church was vigorous, out-of-wedlock births were a small fraction of what they are today, and there was educational opportunity for those blacks who really wanted to pursue it. It is certainly true that there was substantial economic inequity; blacks did not produce the value that white people did (and they still don't as a general rule).

The great social programs of the '60s, such as LBJ's Great Society, were touted to improve the economic welfare of blacks by handouts, affirmative action, set-asides, etc. What should have been obvious, but the liberals naturally chose to ignore was:
1) You cannot make a student smarter by giving him a passing grade when in fact he has failed to learn;
2) You do not make families stronger by paying women to have more babies out of wedlock;
3) You do not really give people the satisfaction of knowing that they have earned their place when you give it to them through affirmative action, set-asides, etc.
4) You do not build community cohesion and spirit when you grant special privileges to one group simply because they are black and withhold those privileges from whites of greater merit;
5) You do not really improve the lives of people by convincing them that they have a constant grievance. People who were previously happy, simple people have been turned in angry, simple people, a net loss to society as a whole.

Jim Crow was a good thing for both blacks and whites. Would that we could return to that happy time again. Unfortunately, with the damage that has been done by the grievance mongers, it will be generations before that balance can be restored.