Is America’s Racial Divide Permanent?

Is America's Racial Divide Permanent?
Is America's Racial Divide Permanent?

U.S.A.-( For Roseanne Barr, star of ABC's hit show “Roseanne,” there would be no appeal. When her tweet hit, she was gone.

“Roseanne's Twitter statement, is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” declaimed Channing Dungey, the black president of ABC Entertainment.

Targeting Valerie Jarrett, a confidante and aide of President Barack Obama, Roseanne had tweeted: If the “muslim brotherhood & the planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

Offensive, juvenile, crude, but was that not pretty much the job description ABC had in mind for the role of Roseanne in the show?

Roseanne also tweeted that George Soros, 87-year-old radical-liberal billionaire, had been a Nazi “who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps and stole their wealth.”

The Soros slur seems far more savage than the dumb racial joke about Jarrett, but it was the latter that got Roseanne canned.

Her firing came the same day that 175,000 employees of 8,000 Starbucks's stores were undergoing four hours of instruction to heighten their racial sensitivities.

These training sessions, said The Washington Post, “marked the start of Starbucks' years-long commitment to new diversity and sensitivity programs after two African-Americans were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks on April 12.”

The Philly Starbucks manager, a woman, had called the cops when the two black men she took to be loiterers refused to leave.

Rachel Siegel of the Post describes the four-hour session:

“At first the employees are prompted to find differences. They watched a video in which (Starbucks head) Howard Schultz talks about his vision for a more inclusive company and country. They reflected what a place of belonging means to them. And they examine their own biases.

“Each group viewed a documentary underwritten by Starbucks and directed by Stanley Nelson. In the film people of color talk about experiences of being followed in stores. Footage from the civil rights movement quickly progresses to 21st-century cellphone videos capturing people being dragged off a plane, threatened in a New York deli and choked at a North Carolina Waffle House.”

On reading this, the terms “Orwellian” and “re-education camp” come to mind.

Earlier in May, the NFL issued a rule saying players who refuse to stand for the national anthem must remain in the locker room. If they take a knee on the field this coming season, they can be punished and the team fined.

Great was the outrage when this ruling came. The First Amendment rights of black players were being brutally trampled upon.

Yet the NFL has always had restrictions on behavior, from evicting players from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct to curtailing end-zone dances.

What is the common thread that runs through these social clashes from just this last month?

It is race. Each episode fits neatly into the great media narrative of an irredeemably racist America of white oppressors and black victims.

Had it been two white guys hanging out in that Philly Starbucks, who were told by the manager to buy a cup of coffee or get out, the spat would never have become a national story.

These incidents, coming as they do 50 years after the historic advances in civil rights, induce a deep pessimism that this country will ever escape from the endlessly boiling cauldron of racial conflict.

Today, because of cellphone videos, social media, 24-hour cable and the subsequent nationalization of even the most trivial incidents, our national conversation is more suffused than ever with matters of race. For many, race has become a constant preoccupation.

And in each of these incidents and disputes, the country divides along the familiar fault lines, and the accusations and arguments go on and on until a new incident engenders a new argument.

The America of the 1960s, with its civil rights clashes and “long hot summers,” was a far more segregated society than today. Yet the toxic charge of “racist” is far more common now.

And how much do these conversations correspond to the real crisis of black America? Here is a sentence culled from another Post story this week: “Three fatal shootings …over the Memorial Day weekend brought the (Ward 8 total) to 30 homicides so far this year.”

Are white cops really the problem in Ward 8, Anacostia, when 30 people in that black community have been shot or stabbed to death in the first five months of 2018?

Washington, D.C., spends more per student than almost any other school district. Yet the test scores of vast numbers of black kids have already fallen below “proficiency” levels by the time they reach fourth and eighth grade, and the high school truancies have reached scandalous levels.

How does ABC's cashiering of “Roseanne,” or apologies to the two guys at Starbucks, or restrictions on the rights of millionaire NFL players to kneel during our national anthem address the real crisis?

Is white America really black America's biggest problem?

About Patrick J. BuchananPat Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 19 thoughts on “Is America’s Racial Divide Permanent?

    1. Interesting when you look at the height of the ruccus caused by our lefty friends when a white guy, cop or otherwise shoots or kills a black guy. “He was just a poor kid, trying to save money for Med school” argument. When a black guy or gang kills or rapes a white woman, it’s because of the sexy clothes she was wearing. And that story never gets past the local news. “Not news worthy”. Without our snowflake news stations the problem would be greatly reduced. They make headlines every time one of color is killed or beaten, but the opposite is ignored. All in the name of racial equality.????

    2. Racial divide is promoted every time obama opens his mouth. He and his ilk are the cause of biggest race problem we have.

    3. The article brings some truth, and reality, to the fog of racial issues. It is very accurate, in spite of the propaganda by special interests, the cursed and heavily biased far left media, and radical race mongers, for whom this is a means to a very imbalanced set of ends.

    4. Yes it is permanent. Not only because many really are racists but because racism has become a big business and a huge political tool. Even where there is no racism people will inject it into a given situation to satisfy their own bias. They will use it to blame others or to excuse and justify their own a actions. Only a change in a person’s spirit will cure these ills.

      1. Following that train of thought, it is quite possible that Roseanne did not choose VJ as a target of her comments arbitrarily.but in response to a negative action taken by a collusion of ABC and the Obama deep state.

    5. So-called “White Privilege” is being the only race capable of a hate crime, the only race capable of being racists and the only race who must be ashamed of our history and past, at least according to the liberals and the media and the people, “of color” (oops, there’s that privilege popping up).

      1. The Democrats are the driving force promoting racism to garner the black vote. Yet blacks only are 13% of the US population! With all the violence by blacks and groups like BLM you would think blacks represent 50% of the US population? Since the Dems do not have any worthwhile platform they make race the big issue and fools follow that line of BS.

        1. I asked a 60 year old friend of mine about 10 years ago what he thought the bIack population of the U.S. was. He said about 50%. TV, commercials, movies and all of the articles about bIack discontentment about this or that have given many the false perception that the bIack population is WAY higher than it really is.

          Watch tv commercials during a break in a movie and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

    6. First Amendment,
      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the FREEDOM OF SPEECH, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    7. hmmm.. All I have to say is that just about every ethnicity were slaves at one time or another… the problem is the that powers that be, our modern media, and many of those evil liberals are relentlessly pushing this narrative in an attempt to continue to divide us. When I see a black woman pull along side me driving a $200K car thats proof positive you are as free in this country as any white man yet you somehow continue to support politicians that want to take that freedom away. You have equality of opportunity which is what you deserve, its not a promised equality at a beginning of your life nor promised result from what you do with your opportunities. If you let your offspring turn into street animals you reap what you sow. Maybe when you stop swallowing what they are feeding you and just identify as humans or as Americans first instead of seeing yourself as a color then magically your will see all that racism will go away. Check out Candace Owens on youtube, she is an amazing lady.

    8. Simply amazing. No one can get history thru their heads. Governments. YES Governments, world wide, have promoted “racism” for centuries. Why> you should ask? Because when people hate each other, not enough focus is on what their Government is up to. What bills are in Congress right now? Anyone know? Who benefits from racial divides? Governments gain power.They benefit from division. We don`t. How is not known? Again, it`s the lack of history taught in schools. Who controls education? GOVERNMENT .

        1. we had segregation,forced integration,forced busing,headstart was aimed at blacks. The government schools are emphasizing the evils of what whites did to blacks to the point that white kids feel guilty for being white. Civil war history perverted claiming it was about slavery when it was states rights and slavery was fast disappearing on it`s own. Free health insurance, primarily aimed at poor , poor blacks, free cell phones. Remember the black lady on tv talking about her free obama phone ? Politicians, particularly the left, do what they can to keep blacks dependent on government. When a group is given something another group is denied, you have the hate & discontent.

          1. @DT, I thought that segregation was State laws. Forced bussing was supposed to diminish racism by destroying “separate but equal” public school doctrine, also the States. By “The government schools…”, I presume you mean the public schools of the various States. Civil War history, grade school, high school or college does not sound very Federal, as there are no federal grade schools, federal high schools, or federal colleges.
            I’m not sure how free cell phones or free health insurance promotes racism. Maybe you mean that those are examples of how the federal government keeps certain classes of people dependent, which also causes jealousy, discontent, and hate. Ok, I’ll buy that part.

    9. Once again Pat gets it wrong. It is not a conflict based on race, it is a conflict based on culture. I have no problems with anyone that conducts themselves in a manner which the western world considers to be civilized. For the rest I have nothing but opposition.

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