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Pat Buchanan Might be Senile, but He’s Definitely Racist

July 17, 2009

MSNBC has misguidingly treated Pat Buchanan as if he were the network’s Uncle Fester. A loveable curmudgeon just a little on the crazy side. Well, it’s time that they censored this closet Klan member. How long do we have to put up with a supposed analysts propaganda? When will he say enough for the brain trust in MSNBC’s ivory towers to pull his plug?! His most recent bid for firing, a startlingly uninformed exchange with Rachel Maddow on the merits of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation.

During yesterdays edition of  the The Rachel Maddow Show, Buchanan claimed that Judge Sotomayor has “never written anything that I’ve read in terms of a law review article or a major book or something like that on the law.” Further, in response to Maddow’s question, “Why do you think it is that of the 110 Supreme Court justices we’ve had in this country, 108 of them have been white?” Buchanan  had the temerity to add: “White men were 100 percent of the people who wrote the Constitution. 100 percent of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence, 100 percent of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, and probably close to 100 percent of the folks who died at Normandy. This has been a country built, basically, by white folks in this country.”

These comments don’t just brush close to racism, they are racist and full of white supremicism. The fact that 100 percent of the men who signed the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were white essentially brushes away the reality of the African-American condition during that time. Further more, to say that the country was built by white folks is a complete slap in the face to black America. We know who built Washington DC, and every other metropolis and plantation. Black slaves. We know the constitution claimed that black people were to be considered as 3/5 human or sub-humanity. We know that people of all cultures and creeds died during the storming of Normandy, and we know that the seating of 108 white men/women out of 110 candidates was a condition of a system of racism/white-supremecy. For it was the nation as a whole that until the Civil Rights Act was passed refused to grant all peoples regardless of color “real” equality under the law. Lest we forget that after our countries Civil war was over a system of Jim Crow racism took the place of the system of chattle slavery.

Kudo’s to Media Matters for providing us wth a little of the history that Buchanan glossed over.

According to PBS, during the Civil War, “More than 200,000 blacks fought for the Union, and 38,000 died, the majority of disease.” In The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History: Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War’s Defining Battle (Basic Books, 2004), Bates College professor of history Margaret Creighton writes that an unnamed African-American was the third Union soldier killed in “the Gettysburg campaign”:

Most African American men in Pennsylvania were denied the opportunity to fight the Confederates with weapons. But not all of them. One company of black men helped hold back invading soldiers, and their efforts, considered one of the first military engagements in the war by men of color, is still overlooked. The site of the action was the Columbia-Wrightsville bridge, a span a mile and a quarter long over the Susquehanna River. Before word had come of the Army of the Potomac’s move north from Virginia, General Lee and corps commander Richard Ewell had envisioned taking Harrisburg from the east and south. The bridge over the Susquehanna River — twenty-five miles southest of the capital — was key. On June 28th, and emergency Pennsylvania militia unit and a company of African American men recruited form the area — numbering at least fifty — attempted to hold the bridge against 2500 seasoned Confederate troops (including artillery), until the bridge could be destroyed. “The negros,” commented one observer, “did nobly.” The officer in command of the milita had even more to say. “When the fight commenced,” he reported, the black company “took their guns and stood up to their work bravely. They fell back only when ordered to do so.” One of the black volunteers paid the ultimate price for his work: His head was “taken off by a shell.” As one historian has pointed out, this man — no one knows his name — was only the third Northern soldier killed in the Gettysburg campaign. [emphasis added] (Pages 134-135)

Moreover, according to historian Jane Peters Estes, as quoted in a presentation at the Camden Country (NJ) Historical Society, women, too, died in the Civil War, including at least one woman in the Battle of Gettysburg. Estes also noted that on the Union side, “Marie Tepe was wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg, where she took a ball in her ankle, and she served under fire in 13 battles, including Gettysburg.” On November 16, 2002, a 7-foot bronze sculpture of Elizabeth Thorn (1832-1907) was dedicated in Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The statue, titled “The Gettysburg Civil War Women’s Memorial,” honors all the women who served in various capacities before, during, and following the Battle of Gettysburg.

Buchanan also claimed that “probably close to 100 percent of the people who died at Normandy” were white men. He previously falsely claimed that “all the dead at Normandy” were white males. Buchanan’s comments again denigrated the service that minorities played at Normandy or in World War II. According to a History Channel documentary, “1.2 million African-Americans served in World War II, and although largely forgotten by history, nearly 2,000 of them stormed the beaches of Normandy.” According to a May 5, 2004, Scripps Howard News Service report, “[B]lacks were among the assault troops that June 6 [1944], and one unit was responsible for maintaining barrage balloons over the beachhead that protected troops landing. The Stars and Stripes newspaper in 1944 reported that the unit suffered casualties setting up the balloons, which were floated across the English Channel on invasion day. … The Army didn’t record racial or ethnic differences when counting the dead. [Photographer Samuel LeBon] Wooten said he knows of at least three blacks buried in the American cemetery on the bluffs overlooking Omaha Beach at Coleville-sur-Mer.” In an interview broadcast on NPR on February 21, 2007, filmmaker Doug Cohen stated that at least two soldiers from all-African-American units died on June 6, 1944, and are buried at a cemetery in Normandy.

The scope of Buchanan’s dismissive handling and marginalization of African-American and other peoples hand in the building of this nation is startling at best, and outrageous at it’s face. How much more racists and incendiary propaganda will this “analyst” be allowed to pollute the airways with?

Only MSNBC knows.

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