Pat Buchanan thinks too many white people are dying at war

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Contrary to conventional wisdom, apparently it's getting really tough to be white these days. Not only does "racism against whites" pop up on Google auto-complete ahead of "blacks," "Obama," "Puerto Ricans," and "Asians," but apparently too many white people are dying at war, according to Pat Buchanan.

Buch's latest column:

"In the first five years of the Iraq War, Asian-Americans were 1 percent of our fallen heroes, Latinos 11 percent, African-Americans 10 percent. White Americans were 75 percent of the dead, and from photos of the fallen in newspapers since, the ratios appear to hold."

Well. Okay. According to this, white people make up sixty-two percent of the active component of the Army, black people twenty percent, Hispanic people eleven percent, and Asian people three percent, so the only people with a real right to be miffed are the Hispanics, who are apparently dying out of proportion with their enlistment numbers.

But sure, I'll play ball. As an old white man, Pat's just "rooting for the home team," so to speak. Never mind that his statement presupposes that a white soldier's death is fundamentally different from an Asian soldier's death and that he's citing newspaper photos as evidence, but sure, whatever. 

Then I read that Pat's latest book contains a chapter called "The End of White America," and I became somewhat more concerned. The idea of "White America" ending isn't a new one, but once you tie it in to Pat's fears about white people dying in unjust numbers, you start to worry that he's a little less concerned with societal and cultural changes that are inevitable as the country's demographic changes and a little more concerned with there being fewer people like him around.