Buchanan talks on race in Minnesota

October 18, 2000
Reform Party presidential nominee Pat Buchanan said Wednesday that civil rights laws restrict freedom and that blacks fare better in America than people think.
      Delivering part history lesson and part stump speech to a University of Minnesota Law School audience, Buchanan offered blunt views on religion, trade and third-party politics. But his comments about race – during the forum and in a news conference afterward – were most provocative.
      "Civil rights laws clearly restrict the rights of individuals who are bigots, no doubt about it," Buchanan said. "They do represent the imposition of the values of the majority on the minority."
      Even so, he said, "The laws are on the books and I would not change them."