Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Hard Truths of Ta-Nehisi Coates -- NYMag

Landrieu started to talk about "black-on-black crime," then retreated, saying he might be using the wrong words. Coates said the term didn't offend him: "I think it's actually inaccurate." The plain fact, he said, was that when black people killed one another, the victims were their neighbors. They didn't kill their neighbors because they were black. Inner-city violence, he said, had everything to do with the legacy of structural neglect in the inner city and nothing at all to do with culture. Even from the cheap seats, it was clear that Landrieu was struggling, that there was some turn in the politics of race that he had not fully comprehended, some way in which the old Clintonite phrasings were failing. In their place was a more radical language, of structuralism and supremacy. Now that language has a place in Aspen.

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