As a longtime admirer of your company’s ethics and commitment to fair business practices, I have been disturbed by Starbucks’ sponsorship of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. While I think the program provides a great platform for those on opposite ends of the political spectrum to engage in healthy, civilized discourse, I am disappointed and offended by their selection of Patrick J. Buchanan as a regular...
As a longtime admirer of your company’s ethics and commitment to fair business practices, I have been disturbed by Starbucks’ sponsorship of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. While I think the program provides a great platform for those on opposite ends of the political spectrum to engage in healthy, civilized discourse, I am disappointed and offended by their selection of Patrick J. Buchanan as a regular contributor and panelist.
For decades, Mr. Buchanan has expressed inflammatory viewpoints that have caused irreparable harm to the political discourse in this country. The targets of his vitriol are widespread and include women, African-Americans, Hispanics, Jews, gays, lesbians and anyone else who does not fit Mr. Buchanan’s Paleolithic views of what the United States and the world should look like. He has engaged in Holocaust revisionism and has defended some of Adolph Hitler’s actions during World War II. His statements come from a place that can only be described as dark, hateful and archaic. Here are some examples:
In a memo to President Nixon, Pat Buchanan suggested that "integration of blacks and whites -- but even more so, poor and well-to-do -- is less likely to result in accommodation than it is in perpetual friction, as the incapable are placed consciously by government side by side with the capable." (Washington Post, 1/5/92)
In another memo from Buchanan to Nixon: "There is a legitimate grievance in my view of white working-class people that every time, on every issue, that the black militants loud-mouth it, we come up with more money.... If we can give 50 Phantoms [jet fighters] to the Jews, and a multi-billion dollar welfare program for the blacks...why not help the Catholics save their collapsing school system." (Boston Globe, 1/4/92)
"George Bush should have told the [NAACP convention] that black America has grown up; that the NAACP should close up shop, that its members should go home and reflect on JFK's admonition: 'Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather ask what you can do for your country.'" (syndicated column, 7/26/88)
"Take a hard look at (David) Duke's portfolio of winning issues and expropriate those not in conflict with GOP principles, [such as] reverse discrimination against white folks." (syndicated column, 2/25/89)
"If we had to take a million immigrants in, say Zulus, next year, or Englishmen, and put them up in Virginia, what group would be easier to assimilate and would cause less problems for the people of Virginia?" ("This Week With David Brinkley," 1/8/91)
In his September 1993 speech to the Christian Coalition, Buchanan declared: "Our culture is superior. Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity and that is the truth that makes men free." (ADL Report, 1994)
"Those of us in childhood during the war years were introduced to Hitler only as a caricature…Though Hitler was indeed racist and anti-Semitic to the core, a man who without compunction could commit murder and genocide, he was also an individual of great courage, a soldier’s soldier in the Great War, a leader steeped in the history of Europe, who possessed oratorical powers that could awe even those who despised him. But Hitler’s success was not based on his extraordinary gifts alone. His genius was an intuitive sense of the mushiness, the character flaws, the weakness masquerading as morality that was in the hearts of the statesmen who stood in his path." (St. Louis Globe – Democrat, 8/25/77)
"The poor homosexuals -- they have declared war upon nature, and now nature is extracting an awful retribution (AIDS)." (Los Angeles Times, 11/28/86)
"AIDS is nature's retribution for violating the laws of nature." (Seattle Times, 7/31/93)
"The real liberators of American women were not the feminist noise-makers, they were the automobile, the supermarket, the shopping center, the dishwasher, the washer-dryer, the freezer." (Right from the Beginning, p. 149)
On the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court: “If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats. Is this the Democrats' idea of diversity?” (Syndicated Column, 5/14/10)
"For the first time in our lifetimes outside the South, white racial consciousness has visibly begun to rise." (Syndicated Column, 7/22/10)
“But when it comes to the ability to assimilate into a nation like the United States, all nationalities, creeds, and cultures are not equal. To say that they are is ideology speaking, not judgment born of experience.” (State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America, 2006)
"The rise of women to power in a civilization is very often the mark of its decline." (The McLaughlin Group, 7/6/07)
In recent months, Mr. Buchanan has referred to the President of the United States as “boy” and in his syndicated column, inferred that the President takes pleasure in the deaths of white soldiers who are killed in battle. Further examples of Mr. Buchanan’s hateful remarks can be found at http://mediamatters.org/search/tag/pat_buchanan and at http://www.adl.org/special_reports/buchanan_own_words/buchanan_intro.asp .
Mr. Schultz, you recently sent a well-publicized email to customers of Starbucks detailing your admirable “Upward Spiral” program, aimed at getting our politicians to bridge the partisan divide that has gridlocked our country’s project and to come together for the betterment of the American Dream. In it, you wrote, “…I am frustrated by our political leaders' steadfast refusal to recognize that, for every day they perpetuate partisan conflict and put ideology over country, America and Americans suffer from the combined effects of paralysis and uncertainty.” It is not only our political leaders who are dividing this country. Every time that political pundits like Pat Buchanan are given a platform to spew invective, that paralysis grows and we are unable to “Lean Forward”, as MSNBC encourages its viewers to do. Throughout your career, you have shown a commitment to community, to fairness and to bridging the gaps that divide us. We’re asking you to continue to do so by reconsidering Starbucks’ sponsorship of “Morning Joe” for as long as they continue to have Pat Buchanan on as a contributor and panelist.