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.
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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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