Submitted by: Tony Caputo
BUCHANAN TO OBAMABy Patrick J. Buchanan
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.
Jeremiah Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an
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 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??
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?
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?
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.