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Friday, April 04, 2008

Why does Pat Buchanan get a pass for saying this bullshit?

This is complete bullshit and it begs to question how the mainstream media can continuously go after the cut-and-paste soundbites of Jeremiah Wright while giving a racist pig like Pat Buchanan a pass.
In a March 21 syndicated column headlined "A Brief for Whitey," conservative commentator and MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan asserted, "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." 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?"

[...]

From Buchanan's March 21 column:

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.
Okay, let me get this asshole straight:

From Africans living in harmony in the motherland believing in Islam to,

• Being stripped of all dignity as slaves (against their will) in a strange land,

• For the most part forced to converted to Christianity,

• Suffered under Jim Crow laws,

• Due to hardships and racism, and poverty, looked towards welfare, section 8, public housing, WIC, and other programs for assistance...

And MY FAMILY SHOULD BE GRATEFUL! Rev. Wright should be grateful.

I could really go off the deep end with this post but fortunately, PBS Travis Smiley did the hard work for me on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.



Thanks Travis.