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May 24, 2002

Buchanan- Fear of a Brown Planet

Pat Buchanan is betraying his racist fears at WorldNetDaily in "The "no-whites-need-apply" caucus." Recently, the Black, Hispanic and Asian caucuses in Congress had a get together to discuss greater unity on policy in Congress. Buchanan, of course, sees this as the incipient subjugation of the white race under the heels of the brown hoard. As he writes, "If it is acceptable for blacks and Hispanics to collude to seize power from white Americans, why is it a violation of civil rights for whites to collude to increase their representation in legislatures at the expense of minorities?" Aside from the obvious difference between seeking more equal representation for folks of color versus whites fighting to expand their disproportionate representation, the whole argument just ignores the rather normal history of ethnic coalitions in this country. Irish, Italians, Poles, Germans, and other national communities have engaged successively in an evolving set of political coalitions to break into political power. That Buchanan (and others) would deny the normalcy of such politics for blacks, asians and latinos is just one more example of ongoing racism in our society.

Posted by Nathan at May 24, 2002 11:58 AM

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