Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “The Republic of New Africa”

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on November 18, 1968, uploaded to YouTube on May 7, 2010.

Guest: Milton Henry


“The Republic of New Africa” is not a new name for, say, South Africa: it refers instead to a proposal by a group of American blacks who “don’t believe,” as Mr. Henry puts it, “there’s ever been any historical example of a successful bi-racial society,” and who therefore want to carve out a legally separate nation–formed, probably, from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Agree with him or not, Mr. Henry is well spoken and well traveled (he draws illustrations from, e.g., Kenya, Tanzania, and Cuba, all of which he has visited): “We are a nation, a distinctly separate nation with a different set of humor, myths, way of looking at history, a totally different view of ourselves in this country from I would imagine a view which most white people have, and we are separated… from most of the good things of American life.”