Last week we had a good, honest discussion of the role race plays in opposition to Obama. I thought some of us overstated the case that racism is the central reason for opposing Obama, while others overly-minimized it. But, who cares what I think?
Luckily, a brilliant article has just appeared that argues that the real impact of racism on the Obama presidency is on Obama himself. The need to reassure Whites about himself sharply limits the kind of actions Obama can take as president, he argues. BTW, this writer is the most eloquent, but also the most nuanced and balanced, writer on race and racism I’ve ever read. His name is Te-Nehisi Coates and he blogs daily at theatlantic.com. Bookmark this guy, seriously
- “Fear of a Black President.” His must read new article.
- A short summary of his argument and a sharp comment on it.