“…no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans.”

May 6.2008 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

words straight from the keypad of pat buchanan. but wait– there’s MORE:

“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 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?”

my God… buchanan shows he clearly knows little or nothing about african/pre-american black history. christianity came to africa well before any so-called white man set foot on the continent. it’s well documented and any so-called christian should know this if he or she reads the Bible. more so, the last time i checked, student loans, pell grants, earned-income tax credits and the like were not created for blacks, but all people; and we all certainly use the resources. to hear pat tell it, one would think every other group in the country’s stuff didn’t stink and all black people are in the hole. oprah we may all not be, but his words basically say: “i believe the stereotype for better or worse.” what cocaine is he snorting??? sorry, i just stereotyped. we have a problem in this country. race still matters. equity, justice and access remain flawed. denying it doesn’t change it.

getting back to the “we saved them” nonsense, here is what i shared with a friend on pat’s ridiculous christian salvation line:

“People tend to think we can somehow control others or speak for an entire group. We can’t. I can’t save anyone. Not the kid with his pants sagging, facing or experiencing unemployment or incomplete education. Not the 30-to-40-something man that has been in or gone to jail. Not even Pat Buchanan. The most pressing matter here, beyond his hate and beyond his ignorance of Black Americans and their experience, is his absolute misunderstanding of what it means to be Christian.

Buchanan said whites were responsible for bringing Africans and their American seed to Christianity. What a mistake! How false! Only God can bring His word to any people. Even when the pastor is on fire with his message or the slave master is ripping the flesh from his subordinate until they claim their “Christian” name, no man (or woman) can come to the Father except through Jesus.

Yet, through his statement, Buchanan expresses a view that is dead wrong. He, like many of those that share his ideology espouse the absolute opposite of what Jesus claimed. If there is anything to be in furor about, that’s got to be it. Christians of all races and ethnicities all over the world should be offended for the hijacking of our religion to fuel the ignorant tirades of those that Jesus said he will refuse. They will be surprised and cry out: “Lord, Lord!”, but he will tell them He never knew them. Like so many, they have taken the good message that God intended the whole world to receive and have made it a platform for their own mischief. God’s patience and grace will end at some point. What will they do then?

So, while the race, equity and justice issue is very much alive and very much an important part of the American discussion, the notion of what it means to truly be a Christian has gone nearly silent in its entirety. People assume Christianity is what Buchanan, Cheney, Bush and the rest of the so-called Christian Right say it is. Whose fault is it for allowing this false understanding to be perpetuated? Those that have no connection or those that call themselves Jesus’ own?

I am very much a guilty party. I have remained silent in the background. I have not publicly and vehemently objected to the hijacking of the Truth. And now, I am frustrated because of the snowball effect.

More than any other time, now is when all of those who love Jesus must be vocal and demonstrate what it really means to discover and know Him. Pat Buchanan clearly doesn’t, but his voice has been louder. To let falsehoods about who brings people to Christianity- which always was and always will be Jesus- to allow false voices to remain the loudest and fool the people would be like sacrificing Jesus all over again.”

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