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Oct 8, 2009 4:16 am
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.  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 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.

By Patrick J.  Buchanan
Oct 9, 2009 9:21 pm

I’m a big fan of Buchanan, but this is probably the worst thing he has ever written. The only thing worse than a black man whining about prejudice and lack of opportunity is a white man whining about prejudice and lack of opportunity.

Oct 12, 2009 1:40 pm

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Oct 12, 2009 3:10 pm

I will say this, while I find that essay offensive on a lot of levels, I do think the dialogue about race (particularly black/white discussions) has become so toxic sometimes that a lot of well meaning people will just stay away from it.

  Example: This thread was started 6 days ago, with 2 (well, 1.5) serious responses. You could post about just about anything else and get about a dozen responses in a couple hours.   I, for one, will generally refrain from having any discussions of race and have on several occasions confessed my discomfort with some of my black friends. I feel that I can't even say the word "black" around them (they, being kind-hearted, sympathetic people sort of laugh it off) without turning a dozen shades of red.   Lesson? I think we (black and white people in particular) have some work to do. We (whites) need acknowledge that even in 2009 we have a much more anglo-centric environment than we may realize, and that alienates a lot of people, and they (blacks) need to stop finding places to call white people racists and take ownership of changing their own community.