Saturday, May 10, 2008

Obama Wants A Converstation about Race

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, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the
> grest 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??
> 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 inca
> rceration 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 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.