Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Right's endless race-baiting

Ta-Nehisi Coats is the best blogger I don't read often enough and his take on the Right's relentless race-baiting is a must read.
For black people, the clear benefit of Obama is that he is quietly exposing an ancient hatred that has simmered in this country for decades. Rightly or wrongly, a lot of us grew tired of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, mostly because they presented easy foils for Limbaugh-land. Moreover, again rightly or wrongly, they were used to define all of us.

But Barack Obama, bourgeois in every way that bourgeois is right and just, will not dance.He tells kids to study--and they seethe. He accepts an apology for an immature act of rudeness--and they go hysterical. He takes his wife out for a date--and their veins bulge. His humanity, his ordinary blackness, is killing them....
Of course there is much more, and his take on Sharpton, et al, is also spot-on.

You will not find a more clear-eyed view on race in American than Coats' but this is only the smallest part of his writing. His Atlantic blog really is a daily must read.

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