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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Pat Buchanan: Unoffical Spokesman for White Power

Unbelievable? Not so much, considering the source. Read a few of these gems:

"What is wrong with Barack’s prognosis and Barack’s cure?

Only this. It is the same old con, the same old shakedown that black hustlers have been running since the Kerner Commission blamed the riots in Harlem, Watts, Newark, Detroit and a hundred other cities on, as Nixon put it, “everybody but the rioters themselves.”

"But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to."

The "black hustlers" line is of course ridiculously racist.

But my real issue is with the second line. Of course the first is pure hate speech. The second is the insidious argument that has kept racism alive and well in this country for years. The premise is that there is a unified front called "White America" and that unified front's voice is being oppressed by any conversation that relates to civil rights.

I'm preaching to the converted here, no doubt, but the idea that Pat Buchanan or George Bush, as wealthy white men, have some direct unified front with people, white or otherwise, who are disenfranchised, poor, or even middle class is an utterly false assertion. But beyond that, the idea that somehow white people in this country have somehow not been HEARD from is entirely insane.

There will always been people at the top who want to divide the poor into groups and set them against one another. Any talk of "White America" is simply that: an attempt to gloss over real social and economic injustice and inequality, and force truly oppressed people, regardless of their race, into an adversarial position.


1 comment:

David Johnston said...

I'm with Molly Ivins. Buchanan sounds best in the original German.