Far-right commentator Pat Buchanan, with a history of racist comments about people of color, is up to his old tricks, again. Writing for Human Events.com, is making yet another vicious and race-based attack on Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is President Barack Obama’s nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme court. Buchanan has repeatedly attacked her because of her race and marginalized her accomplishments by portraying her as some kind of affirmative-action fraud (an attack most typically used by white supremacists when they make their complaints about how tough the U.S. government has been on white men).
Here are some of Buchanan’s comments:
BUCHANAN: Thus, Sotomayor got into Princeton, got her No. 1 ranking, was whisked into Yale Law School and made editor of the Yale Law Review — all because she was a Hispanic woman. And those two Ivy League institutions cheated more deserving students of what they had worked a lifetime to achieve, for reasons of race, gender or ethnicity.
This is bigotry pure and simple. To salve their consciences for past societal sins, the Ivy League is deep into discrimination again, this time with white males as victims rather than as beneficiaries.
One prefers the old bigotry. At least it was honest, and not, as Abraham Lincoln observed, adulterated “with the base alloy of hypocrisy.”
While Pat Buchanan may prefer the old bigotry that includes slavery, slave plantations, lynchings, legalized murder, the Ku Klux Klan in political power, women being treated as servants of their husbands with few rights of their own and other remnants of a best-forgotten period of U.S. history, rational people do not.
Following Pat Buchanan’s logic: white males succeed because they work harder, they’re smarter and they’re better … people of color succeed because of affirmative action, white guilt and reverse racism.