God, these people annoy me

Back to that clueless bumper sticker. Let me rewrite it in ways that have a greater basis in American history: “The last time we mixed religion and politics, we got Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” via God, these people annoy me | WHYY News and Information | WHYY. Exactly.  You can’t inveigh against bigotry and …

Eric Holder and the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial : The New Yorker

Greg Manning, whose wife, Laura, was severely burned in the World Trade Center attacks, stood before the crowd and said, “Thousands are already dead because of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s choices. We do not want to see . . . hundreds of thousands dead because of the Attorney General’s choices.” Andrew McCarthy, the former Chief Assistant …

Earning The Temporary Hatred Of Your Children – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Earning The Temporary Hatred Of Your Children – Ta-Nehisi Coates: “This is hard for a lot of people to hear, but in my family, in my neighborhood, and in my community this is what part of what parenting meant. If you weren’t feeling the edge of the sword on your ass, then you were responding …

Why I Love Thinking: It’s a Rare Commodity

This morning I saw some college undergrads analyze the healthcare bill more incisively than any legislator, policy wonk, or pundit. That is both a source of pride in the students I’m privileged to teach and terror in that none of our leaders in Washington seem to get what the hell is going on. This is …

The Limits Of Compassion

The Limits Of Compassion – Ta-Nehisi Coates: “I am aware of all the socio-economic forces at work they make black communities more subject to violence. I’m in all for trying to ameliorate those forces. In the meantime, I’m all for doing whatever it takes to protect the rest of us–particularly young black kids–from hooliganism. “ …

Connecting The Dots – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Connecting The Dots – Ta-Nehisi Coates: “There’s a lot at work here: 1.) Race-baiters have, for the past few decades, repeatedly outfoxed anti-racists. Beck and Cornyn know how to walk up to the line. Carter is from a generation of liberals who never understood why people didn’t agree them about Willie Horton. Thus Carter doesn’t …

Losing Reality

I have been disturbed lately by the apparent lack in basic common sense in our public discourse. In other words, shit is getting real crazy lately. Between people disputing demonstrable facts and holding positions they undermine in defending said positions, it’s like we are debating reality. I’m going to put up a fuller post soon …

It’s Kanye’s Fault – Ta-Nehisi Coates

It’s Kanye’s Fault – Ta-Nehisi Coates: “This is history through the veil, again. It’s virtually impossible to be a black person and believe that Americans were somehow more humble in the past. Our very exists springs from an act of immodesty.” (Via Ta-Nehisi Coates.) Technorati Tags: race, society, Kanye West

How To Represent – Ta-Nehisi Coates

How To Represent – Ta-Nehisi Coates: “But the portion that always amazed were the black kids (a significant number of them biracial) who hailed from these nice suburbs (River Forest, Walnut Creek etc.), excelled in school, but came to Howard, almost out of a kind of fatigue. The fatigue is exactly what Andrew describes here–the …

Race Is A Factor But… – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Race Is A Factor But… – Ta-Nehisi Coates: “There’s a tendency to lump anti-black racism in with all the serious problems presented when you try to make a democracy work. There is always a danger of becoming single-minded, of bringing to bear a myopic analysis which sees one thing in everything. Moreover, watermelon jokes are …