“White men were 100% of the people that wrote the Constitution, 100% of the people that signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, probably close to 100% of the people who died at Normandy. This has been a country built basically by white folks, who were 90% of the nation in 1960 when I was growing up and the other 10% were African-Americans who had been discriminated against. That’s why. ~ Pat Buchanan ~
Last night on the Rachel Maddow show, Pat Buchanan tried to re-write American history while explaining why he doesn’t support Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Buchanan may want to brush up on his American history before he attempts anymore poor, pitiful white guy rants.
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”:
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.”
I’ll give it to Buchanan, he said a lot of things that haven’t been said mainstream but in my opinion, represent the underbelly of the GOP as well as the Republican party’s political mindset. Which if you pay attention to their propaganda, seems to encompass muslim terrorist, african american slander, and Joe the plumber.
After watching the hubris of the Senate cracker caucus this week, Rachel racking Buchanan across the coals was much needed entertainment. Her comment “Pat you’re dating yourself” explains a lot about Buchanan’s level of frustration.