Contrary to what Buchanan wrote, it’s not whiney African Americans and do-gooder white liberals who claim that the Civil War was fought over slavery. The Confederates themselves did. Southern newspapers warned before the presidential election of 1860 that if the Republicans gained control of the White House, slavery would be abolished and American civilization would collapse. The victory of anti-slavery Republicans, a letter writer to the Dallas Herald warned on January 18, 1860, would cause the entire world to take “a step backwards for 500 years . . . Mongrelism, as seen in Mexico and Central America, will become . . . characteristic . . . This destructive, abhorrent, damnable, intermixture of the races . . . white women marrying black negro men and vice versa." Buchanan’s frequent jeremiads about immigration echo such original Confederates’ apocalyptic warnings about the dangers of abolitionism
“There were no politics to polarize us then, to magnify every slight," Buchanan said fondly of the days of segregation."The 'negroes' . . . had their public schools, restaurants, bars, movie houses, playgrounds and churches; and we had ours." A white anti-integration protest in Little Rock Arkansas in the 1950s. (Photo at the FreshJive website at http://blog.freshjive.com/2012/02/the-road-to-brown-vs-board-of-education/)
In Buchanan’s mind, criminal Klan thugs like Duke were the moral equivalent of civil rights leaders like Dr. King. Even this warm praise for the leader of a hate group, like his earlier expressed admiration for Hitler and defense of wanted Nazi war criminals, did not get Buchanan excommunicated from the Washington press corps, who continued to treat him like an eccentric but avuncular man of passion.