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> BUCHANAN  TO OBAMA
>           By  Patrick  J. Buchanan
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> Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in   America   . Fair  enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation.  White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to. 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.
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> 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-America n community into the mainstream.   Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discriminat ion  against white folks -- with affirmative action, contract  set-asides and quotas -- to advance black applicants over white  applicants. Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and  individ uals all over America have donated their time and money  to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement  and nursing homes for blacks.
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> We  hear the grievances.. Where is the  gratitude??
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> Barack  talks about new 'ladders of opportunity' for blacks. Let him go to Altoona ? And Johnstown , and ask the white kids in Catholic  schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters  handing out scholarships for 'deserving ' white kids.? Is white  America really responsible for the fact that the crime and  incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of  white America ? Is it really white   America 's fault that  illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent  and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has  reached 50 percent?
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> Is  that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of  the black community itself?
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> As  for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and  especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack  Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3  percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45  percent of the time?
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> Is  Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common  than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times  as common in the first three years of this decade as the  reverse?
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> We  have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the  Duke rape case and Jena . And all turned out to be hoaxes. But  about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we  hear nothing.
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>     Sorry,  Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40  trillion tax dollars ago.
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>     This  needs to be passed around because, this is a message everyone needs  to  hear!!!  
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