[Op Ed] Fear of a Black Planet: Pat Buchanan Hates Diversity
Buchanan calls diversity a problem, but by 2024 it will be a fact of life
Pat Buchanan is the crazy uncle many of us have in our families. You know him: He talks a little too loudly, holds views that are embarrassing, and asks you uncomfortable questions about your dating life. The difference between Buchanan and your uncle is that Buchanan has a national platform upon which to disseminate his latest views (unless of course your uncle IS Buchanan, in which case ... sorry).
I’m sure many of you have heard about Buchanan’s latest book on the decline of America, the awesomely titled Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? In it, he talks about the death of Christian America and the crisis of Catholicism.
But the real heart of the book is the discussion on race. Whether he’s talking about “the end of white America,” our “demographic winter,” or the “diversity cult,” Buchanan is really bemoaning the “browning” of the country. He implies that these communities are somehow less “American” than others and that the country is creeping towards socialism.
Of course to Buchanan, I’m probably part of the problem. After all, I did spend two years working for our socialist, fascist, Muslim, atheist president.
But I’m going to say something I never say: Pat Buchanan is right about one thing. Our country is becoming more diverse. Census predictions show that by 2042, there will be no clear racial or ethnic majority in the county anymore. In other words, we will become a majority-minority nation.
Gasp! Hide your wife! Hide your kids!
But here’s one thing (among many) that Buchanan gets wrong. Yes, immigration is helping us become more diverse, but it’s not the sole driver of demographic change. Because even if you surround the country with an alligator-filled moat and an electrified fence, we will STILL become a majority-minority country. Even under a no-net-immigration scenario, we will certainly have a child population that is majority people of color in 2042.
Buchanan talks about Europe and how numerous leaders have denounced multiculturalism as a mistake. Look, there are certainly racial problems in Europe. But instead of looking at how individual countries actually implemented their programs and learning from their mistakes, Buchanan makes the generalization that America is headed down the same path of failure.
Europe has another problem, though. Many of their countries are facing huge economic problems coupled with an increasingly aging population. So that begs the questions: Who are going to be the beloved job creators and innovators? Who will make up the tax base to pay for the services the elderly need? Who will buy their homes? Who will take care of them when they can no longer take care for themselves?
We need to see this coming diversity for what it truly is—an opportunity. Our country will have an exploding elderly population, true. But it will be decently matched by a very young population that, yes, will be majority people of color.
Oddly enough, Buchanan acknowledges the slowing birthrates in the West, but at the same time he doesn’t recognize that our exploding youth population is an asset. And you have to assume it’s because that youth population is majority people of color. If we educate these communities, giving them the opportunity to succeed and contribute to their country, then in 2025 and beyond we will still be a thriving country with a thriving economy and a thriving workforce.
But if we go the Pat Buchanan route—where those in power now pull up ladders, close borders, and cut off necessary resources to communities of colors—we will face a huge problem in the future. Because we’ve seen what happens when large groups of people feel disconnected and disenfranchised from their political and economic system.
If he’s really worried about the future of this nation, Buchanan should embrace our increasing diversity. But I’m not going to hold my breath.