Tuesday, March 25, 2008

And Not Even a "Thank You!"

I'm sure this is old news by now, but since I'm just getting to it, I'll put it here for my fellow come-latelys. What follows are the wise and august words of Pat Buchanan, on why black people should be grateful for slavery and welfare.

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.

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.

Yeah, because no WHITE people have used food stamps, rent supplements, Pell grants, student loans or Medicaid, right? All of these are gifts of The White Man to our Black Brothers and Sisters Who Are Of Course Defined By the Use of Public Funds Because There Are No Black Bootstrappers in the History of America. Right? Please. And don't even get me started on how lucky black people are to have been "introduced to Christian salvation." Hey, we treated you like property, stole you from your culture and families, beat and killed many of you, argued about whether you were 3/5 of a human--but not to worry--wasn't that all worth it now that you've found Jesus?

I ate government cheese as a kid. I went to college with Pell Grants and student loans. Rent supplements have been very helpful to some in my family. God forbid someday I might need Medicaid. Why are these programs seen by people on the Right as services for black people? From Public Agenda:

Not a really big delta between the 38% black and 31% white, now, is there? So maybe we should start telling all the Irish Catholics with jobs as pundits that THEY should be grateful for what America does for them and theirs.

I just wish they had a graph that showed the exact percentage of Pat Buchanan that is meathead, bigot and waste of space...

1 comment:

Emily said...

Great post, E! You made me and my Trophy Spouse LOL!!!!!!!!!

Hang in there! You are in my prayers.