I couldn’t believe what I was reading in yesterday’s S.F. Chronicle. It is an article by Pat Buchanan, the ultra-right fundamentalist and failed presidential candidate. It is nothing but a hope for white supremacy in the U.S., or at least a cry for the good old days when whites were the majority. The original article can be found here. It is titled "The Path to National Suicide." Like most conservatives, Buchanan is terrified of the idea that white America may soon be a minority. He is also terrified of the new moves in Congress to give amnesty to illegal aliens. Here is some of what he has to say:
According to the Census Bureau, from mid-2005 to mid-2006, the U.S. minority population rose 2.4 million, to exceed 100 million. Hispanics, 1 percent of the population in 1950, are now 14.4 percent. Their total number has soared 25 percent since 2000 alone. The Asian population has also grown by 25 percent since 2000.
You can already see what he is going to be harping on about–white population grew only a little, while those nasty non-whites have outpaced white population growth.
What is happening to us? An immigrant invasion of the United States from the Third World, as America’s white majority is no longer even reproducing itself. Since Roe v. Wade, America has aborted 45 million of her children. And Asia, Africa and Latin America have sent 45 million of their children to inherit the estate the aborted American children never saw. God is not mocked.
Buchanan must think that these 45 million (if that is even correct) were all white babies. So women and those who support abortion rights are guilty of causing this nation to commit suicide. This sounds a lot like Falwell and him blaming 9/11 on feminists and gays… And you have to wonder what he means by ‘God is not mocked.’ He sounds like a real wacko to me. So God will punish this country by overrunning it with non-whites? That is really what he is saying.
So what are the dangers of this?
The future is not in doubt. Why ought this be of concern?
First, while the black and Hispanic population combined is now 85 million – five times what it was in 1960 – half of all black and Hispanic kids drop out of high school. And the average math and reading scores of the half who graduate are at seventh-, eighth- or ninth-grade levels.
And the future is not so sanguine as it seemed 50 years ago. As I write in "State of Emergency":
"In 1960, 18 million black Americans, 10 percent of the nation, were not fully integrated into society, but they had been assimilated into our culture. They worshiped the same God, spoke the same language, had endured the same Depression and war, watched the same TV shows on the same four channels, laughed at the same comedians, went to the same movies, ate the same foods, read the same newspapers and went to schools where, even when segregated, we learned the same history and literature and shared the same holidays: Christmas, New Year’s, Washington’s Birthday, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Columbus Day. Segregation existed, but black folks were as American as apple pie, having lived in this land longer than almost every other group save the Native Americans.
"That cultural unity, that sense that we were one people, is gone."
What country has he been living in? So black people were as American as apple pie before they were integrated? You have got to be kidding? Maybe white Buchanan likes to imagine this was the case, but never in this country have we had a more despised group of people. And they lived in this country longer than any group save the Native Americans? Notice he dared not say the "S" word–slavery.
Today’s immigrants exceed in number anything any nation has ever known. They now come from cultures and countries whose people have never before been assimilated by any First World country. Not only is the Melting Pot broken, it is rejected by our elites. Minorities are urged to hold onto their own language, customs, traditions. Identity politics is in. And the largest cohort, Mexicans, comes from a country with a historic grievance and a claim on the territory they are entering.
"First world country"? This is pure racism speaking. What he means is white Europeans. And he seems to think that when the Mexicans really become the majority, then are going to vote to have Texas reincluded into Mexico (which is who it belonged to in the first place). And maybe the Chinese will vote to have California part of mainland China. Or Black Americans vote to have the country part of Africa…
I’ll end it with a quote that Buchanan gives:
Addressing the Knights of Columbus in 1915, Theodore Roosevelt warned, "The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities."
What Buchanan refuses to see is that it is people like him who are causing the squabbling–without racist voices like his own, there would be no fighting about who this country belongs to or who it should belong to. He is the problem–not the many people who want to come here and live a better life.