I Defer to Ta-Nehisi Coates
(Here are the Links!)
I have written about (and quoted) Ta-Nehisi Coates numerous times in past, particularly after reading Between the World and Me, his brilliant "letter" to his son. (Blast #81 - November 24, 2016 - go to http://www.biljohnson.com/the-blast-archive.html and scroll down). The current issue of The Atlantic features an excerpt of Coates's new book We Were Eight Years in Power (a quote from Reconstruction South Carolina --- essays about "the Obama Era"). Entitled The First White President, I was originally going to write about it but think it's far better for people to simply read this essay because it is brilliant, insightful, and beautifully written. I defer to Coates's artistic skill and political insight.
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The New Yorker's George Packer, a Coates target in the essay, has written a terrific thought piece taking issue with some of Coates's ideas and you may also want to read that. Here's that (cut and paste) link:
Finally, Coates was on All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC Friday night and that interview is worth watching, too.