You Cannot End Racism By Making Everything About Race

Ta-Nehisi Coates

I missed this when it originally came out but it’s still relevant today, It’s from a NYT editorial titled “How Ta-Nehisi Coates Gives Whiteness Power” by Thomas Chatterton Williams:

Given the genuine severity of the Trump threat, some readers of this essay may wonder, why devote energy to picking over the virtue and solidarity signaling of the left? Quite simply because getting this kind of thinking wrong exacerbates the very inequality it seeks to counteract. In the most memorable sentence in “The First White President,” Mr. Coates declares, “Whereas his forebears carried whiteness like an ancestral talisman, Trump cracked the glowing amulet open, releasing its eldritch energies.”

I have spent the past six months poring over the literature of European and American white nationalism, in the process interviewing noxious identitarians like the alt-right founder Richard Spencer. The most shocking aspect of Mr. Coates’s wording here is the extent to which it mirrors ideas of race — specifically the specialness of whiteness — that white supremacist thinkers cherish.

This, more than anything, is what is so unsettling about Mr. Coates’s recent writing and the tenor of the leftist “woke” discourse he epitomizes. Though it is not at all morally equivalent, it is nonetheless in sync with the toxic premises of white supremacism. Both sides eagerly reduce people to abstract color categories, all the while feeding off of and legitimizing each other, while those of us searching for gray areas and common ground get devoured twice. Both sides mystify racial identity, interpreting it as something fixed, determinative and almost supernatural. For Mr. Coates, whiteness is a “talisman,” an “amulet” of “eldritch energies” that explains all injustice; for the abysmal early-20th-century Italian fascist and racist icon Julius Evola, it was a “meta-biological force,” a collective mind-spirit that justifies all inequality. In either case, whites are preordained to walk that special path. It is a dangerous vision of life we should refuse no matter who is doing the conjuring.

This summer, I spent an hour on the phone with Richard Spencer. It was an exchange that left me feeling physically sickened. Toward the end of the interview, he said one thing that I still think about often. He referred to the all-encompassing sense of white power so many liberals now also attribute to whiteness as a profound opportunity. “This is the photographic negative of a white supremacist,” he told me gleefully. “This is why I’m actually very confident, because maybe those leftists will be the easiest ones to flip.”

However far-fetched that may sound, what identitarians like Mr. Spencer have grasped, and what ostensibly anti-racist thinkers like Mr. Coates have lost sight of, is the fact that so long as we fetishize race, we ensure that we will never be rid of the hierarchies it imposes. We will all be doomed to stalk our separate paths.

Imagine a picture of five white kids playing together on a playground, with two black kids standing off to the side watching. Someone like Ta-Nehisi Coates might look at that picture and say “Look at how those two black kids are being excluded.” Someone else might say, “Those black kids should go join in. There is nothing stopping them.” A racist like Richard Spencer might say that it is natural and good for the kids to play with their own kind.

OTOH, a feminist might look at the picture and ask, “Where are the girls?” and launch into a tirade about the Patriarchy.

To be a Leftist these days means seeing everything thru a distortion lens that magnifies race and filters out everything else. Everything is binary – it’s literally black or white. This is how two men like Barack Obama and Colin Kaepernick can be deemed “black” despite being biracial and raised by whites.

I firmly believe that as long as we keep diving people by race we will remain racially divided.

But that’s just my white privilege talking.

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181 Responses to You Cannot End Racism By Making Everything About Race

  1. mcnorman says:

    Projection is a huge problem in this country, especially when one is victim indoctrinated early on.

  2. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Getting back to my picture example, some would say that it is incumbent on the white kids to reach out to those two black kids and make them feel welcome. Others might say that the black kids need to make the first move.

    I say we should leave the kids alone and let them work shit out by themselves.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Stop talking about it. 😉

  4. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I was polite.

  5. SHV says:

    “Someone like Ta-Nehisi Coates might look at that picture and say “Look at how those two black kids are being excluded.”
    *****
    Then Ta-Nehisi is out of touch with the community. The explanation is that the black kids don’t want to be around the White kids. My house is close to a public park that extends about a mile along a river. During the summer, on weekends, 1/2 the park is 100% Black and the other 1/2 is White, Hispanic, Indian, etc.

  6. Anthony says:

    Besides the Democrat Socialists and their Greek chorus on crack aka the MSM, few people I know believe we’re a racist nation. Those few believe the racism is directed at white people. Fuck this noise. Its summer, I’m looking cute and fit, and I’m going enjoy the season. I won’t be getting caught up in any of this.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Whoa….

  8. blowme0bama says:

    Infamous Amy Mek doxer, Luke O’Brien, doxes Carpe Donktum

  9. lyn says:

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  10. Dora says:

    New York is a bit hot today. Whew!

  11. Dora says:

    Sounds like another call for violence.

    ======

    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: Trump Supporters Must Be ‘Confronted and Destroyed

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/emma-fantuzzo/2019/07/19/msnbcs-chris-hayes-trump-supporters-must-be-confronted-and

    • Anthony says:

      Almost got me, but I’m saving up all my F-bombs for tomorrow. Clearly this is a call for violence. Can his punk ass be arrested for this?

    • DeniseVB says:

      It’s almost 7pm in Virginia Beach, still 116 heat index.

    • lateblum says:

      Wowzer! That’s hot! I finally decided to go to a movies since it was so terribly hot today. . The moment I left the apartment for the cinema, the weather changed, it became dark and cloudly and the temp dropped about 5°. The wind blew like there was going to be a huuuge storm. And some rain fell. It’s still hot, but not as bad as yesterday. We are finally getting our break. I do hope you get your weather break SOON!!

  12. swanspirit says:

    So cool! An old friend from very early internet radio days, who writes and plays some of the most amazing ambient music, had one of his compositions chosen for the Hearts of Space program, celebrating the anniversary of Apollo 11
    .Hearts of Space is a nationally syndicated ambient and contemplative public radio station, that is also broadcast over the internet.
    His composer name is PALANCAR, and the music they chose is from his album Serenitatis
    I am sure, he is “over the moon”
    https://www.hos.com/?fbclid=IwAR2ZHPIVM7_rIOtKJOjcYZLZ6Wzxc7uU-3HGt0OyMDGkO2Kkpo6tHpjCz4Q#program/1221

  13. DeniseVB says:

    A member of the Georgia House of Reps.

    • votermom says:

    • votermom says:

      Cuban guy says he did call her a selfish little beyotch but nothing else

      • lyn says:

        Bitch is a colorblind word.

      • Anthony says:

        Her Twitter feed is a racist mess. Her video is even messier. She’s gotta step out of those #MessyBoots and jeep it real

      • Mothy67 says:

        Vmom i apologize if this is an untoward question, but what do you think of the HPV vaccine? The need to get it between 11 and 12 is kind of bullshit. It can be given up to age 28. I would prefer to wait until she is 16 and then it can be her decision. I hope she is not sexually active in the next three years, but if she is she is well aware of condoms. I did have a friend who died at 50 from cervical cancer ( Chelsea’s SIL). A young girl near by missed a year of school. She suffers from extreme joint pain still. The vaccine is pretty new. My gut says it can wait. I am not anti vacc. I just think 12 is pretty young and I think it should be her choice. One doc was going on about warts. Please baby girl wait until you finish grad school, but if she doesn’t I doubt her suburban boyfriend will have had multiple partners.

        • votermom says:

          You know, I waited until HS grad to ask them. KTE got one HPV shot, but it was inconvenient to get the follow-up shots so I think she just got the one.
          I asked KTY and she decided to skip it.
          My concern is it’s limited in protection, still fairly new so side effects are unclear. And in KTYs case she’s going to need so many routine shots as a nurse in the future that I hate adding more.

        • dm says:

          My kids both got it…my son just turned 31 and my daughter is 26…not sure how “new” it is, but they were vaccinated in their early teens. Not sure how many partners they have had, but they handled the vaccinne fine and seem to be healthy adults.

          • votermom says:

            Yeah it’s really case to case with reactions – KTY can have strange allergic reactions; it worrme sometimes.

          • Mothy67 says:

            I could be wrong but my research says Gardisal is 8 years old and that’s the vacc her doc was suggesting.
            I hope she is going to make real decisions. I don’t think at 13 she will be hooking up with strangers. She can make a choice at 16.

          • Constance says:

            My daughter got both shots and was fine. They weren’t vaccinating males at that time so my son doesn’t have it. I always thought that was extremely stupid to just vaccinate one sex. Just because they don’t know of specific diseases it causes in males does not mean men have no bad effects from HPV.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

  14. votermom says:

    • John Denney says:

      I think there should be a cart space next to each parking space.

      You get out of the car, push the cart into the store, fill it, bring it back, unload it, and park it right there for the next guy.

  15. elliesmom says:

    Do you know what makes me sad? There is absolutely nothing going on in the world today that is coming anywhere near to capturing the imagination of young people the way the Apollo missions did, and young people are so jaded I can’t think of anything that would. What if instead of taking humanity back to pre-industrial days to deal with a changing climate, we had a challenge to invent techology to help us adapt? I sincerely don’t believe there would be much interest.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I noticed during Obama, we were going back to the 50’s for women and minorities. Sadly, the “progressive” left were okie doke with his rhetoric and his Debbie Downer wife’s too.

      JFK was the last Dem President who actually wanted us united, as a nation, to reach for the stars. He would have never been nominated for Pres. in this climate of Dems.

  16. Mothy67 says:

    The kid has a boyfriend. I was not thrilled. It started right after my dad died. I knew she needed another guy. My father was her softball coach. He was toting oxygen and in a scooter. Great coach. She had to turn to someone. They have been “dating” for a year and a half. His parents are very focused on education and sports. Both sides wanted it to stop. Would be far worse if we tried to say no dice. They bonded. I prefer to believe and trust my child. He goes to swim competitions all over the country. His parents were very cold to Shaypup. I get it I was not thrilled.
    So a few weeks ago I was in the supermarket. I see the boy. I always call him the boy. He was with his mom. We exchanged a brief hello.
    Two days later the brat was going to local amusement park. Dandy, Mt. Laurel, and vmom might know of Kennywood. It’s a real park. Was once the roller coaster capital. It costs me 200 for a season pass with a meal plan. She gets two meals and snacks. It is super safe.
    So I get a call from the boy’s mom. Would I let her 11 year old daughter spend the day with my brat. It was my MAGA hat in the grocery store.

  17. Angie says:

    Watch how he screams “I’m not white” as if that is some kind of protective cloak.
    Sorry buddy, nedia already invented “white Hispanic” for minorities they don’t like.

  18. Angie says:

    I can’t stop laughing either!

  19. helenk3 says:

    I am so sick of the word racist. If I breathe I am racist. The word has lost its real meaning. I am starting to think that it should be worn as a badge of courage. I really thought that trying to be the best you can be was what was needed to succeed. Now I would be called racist for thinking that. When people put color before country that is wrong in my book.

  20. Angie says:

  21. helenk3 says:

    My favorite judge is on a roll about “the squad” a must-see when the video becomes available

  22. helenk3 says:

    http://www.michellesmirror.com/2019/07/the-arts-and-social-engineering.html#.XTOFYVBHrcR.twitter

    When color and gender become more important then the story it becomes confusing

  23. Angie says:

    • lyn says:

      😀 That’s what normal people do.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Sometimes a clerk will tell me to go to the empty express lane when the full service line gets long. I always refuse because it’s my luck a dozen people will suddenly appear behind me with one or two items then judge me as an ahole 😀 Now that the store updated their check out lines, they can flip a light switch from Express to Full Service, but I won’t start unloading until they do. Yes, I have a checkout anxiety, help me 😛

      • 1539days says:

        Express lanes depend on the good intentions of shoppers. One entitled asshole may hang up the line an extra minute, but confronting them can shut it down for 10 minutes.

      • lateblum says:

        It reminds me of the scene in “You’ve Got Mail” when Meg Ryan is in Zabars and got in th cash only line and Tom Hanks saves her a$$ when he says to the check-out girl, “Rose? That’s a beautiful name, Rose…”
        Now, we have people who make scenes for political gain rather than for making peace.

    • Miranda says:

      I use self-service. All problems eliminated.

  24. Myiq2xu™ says:

  25. Angie says:

  26. 1539days says:

    102 degree heat index. Thunderstorms. Street in front of my house blocked off. Hour long power outage.
    This is only Saturday.

  27. Angie says:

    #Savage

  28. Angie says:

    • Anthony says:

      So it was all about the spotlight, huh? I cant believe someone knocked her up. Was it willingly? Was there GHB involved? Nadler should investigate this!

      • Somebody says:

        She could have been hanging out at a bar near a prison 😉 I had a friend from HS that reconnected with me a decade later, she was at least 250-300 pounds, in HS she was thin. Hand to God, I made her a birthday cake, she sat down and ate the entire thing, more like inhaled it 😲 She was still a virgin, asked me lots of questions, her virginity bothered her.

        Flash forward a couple of months, she calls me panicked because she’s pregnant. Hubby was like no way, can’t be….I’m not pleased with him and give him STFU look. Through tears she says she wanted to know what she was missing so went to a bar outside of a major prison and waited. Hooked up with someone just released after serving 18 years. Hubby yells out, aha I knew there had to be a reason, he gets more dirty looks from me.

        So it can happen Anthony 😂 As for my friend she kept the baby, eventually tossed the father after several failed tries at a relationship. Moved away, advanced in her career, lost weight returning to her HS size. Met and married a wonderful guy that is very successful, he adopted her child, they had a couple more kids. She never gained the weight back, they are both highly successful and kids have turned out to be too…….happy ending all the way around…..oh and baby daddy landed back in prison 25 years to life, so he’s not an issue.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      There are 5-year-olds looking at this and thinking “I could take him.”

  29. Angie says:

    I should not laugh at this. . But I did.

  30. Angie says:

    Hero

  31. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      I’m not impressed. Epstein is a politically active billionaire. It would be shocking if he didn’t have contacts that are politicians and celebrities. Unless they have video or victim testimony it is just embarrassing, not incriminating.

      Having your name on a flight manifest to Pedophile Island is a whole different thing.

      • lyn says:

        https://sharylattkisson.com/2019/07/big-names-in-dc-and-ny-bracing-for-jeffrey-epstein-revelations/

        Likely within days, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will release almost 2,000 pages of documents that could reveal sexual abuse by “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister, and other world leaders,” according to the three-judge panel’s ruling…

        …Another person involved with litigation against Epstein told me: “It’s going to be staggering, the amount of names. It’s going to be contagion numbers.”

  32. Island Girl says:

    My gracious it is truly going to be a long hot summer. Be best! as my favorite First Lady says.

  33. Dora says:

  34. Dora says:

    The latest thing from Target.

    • Somebody says:

      I’m totally buying one! I’ll make the grandkids push me around, pay back for the torture of pushing a double stroller for years…….just have to rent a wheelchair 😛

  35. votermom says:

  36. Dora says:

    How cute! Happy Birthday Arabella!

  37. Dora says:

    Well of course it’s President Trump’s fault. Who else is there to blame?

  38. Myiq2xu™ says:

  39. taw46 says:

  40. Anthony says:

    Love these guys lmao

  41. Anthony says:

    GWTW Mansion up for auction. Check out the pics of the interior – amazing!

    https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/07/10/gone-with-the-wind-mansion/

  42. DeniseVB says:

    First peek, Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers

    • lateblum says:

      Loved Mr Rogers. The two documentaries that came out last year were awesome. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” played here all summer. Why it wasn’t nominated for an Oscar remains a mystery to me. Unless it wasn’t “progressive” enough.
      I’m not crazy about Hanks, but he is a good actor and nails Fred Rogers here.

    • lateblum says:

      I’m watching Shane Lowry being awarded the Golfer of the Year st the British Open in Ireland. Did you know this is the first time this tournament has been play in Ireland since the 1950’s? I only heard that this morning on the radio. The “troubles” kept the playing of this tournament from Ireland until now. What a fitting winner for this tournament in this place.

  43. DeniseVB says:

    Just checked, Joe is still creepy 😀

  44. Dora says:

    • SHV says:

      This whole story is starting to smell like two week old fish. Alleged quote from the “Cuban”:
      ““This woman is playing the victim for political purposes because she is a state legislator,” Sparkes said. “I’m a Democrat and will vote Democrat for the rest of my life,…….”
      *****
      IMO, no life long and still member of the Democratic Party would say “will vote Democrat”; “Democrat” in that context is like fingernails on the blackboard to a real Democrat. Back in my Hillary vs Obama primary days, blog trolls were easy to spot: “Hillary is the bestest!!, if she loses I’ll never vote Democrat again.” yea right!

      • lateblum says:

        I don’t know, SHV, when I was a Democrat, I used the that word to describe how I voted. I just didn’t use it to name the party. THAT was when the word “Democrat” was like fingernails on a chalk board. In fact, the last time I visited my sister she asked me why I used “Democrat” to name the party because, “It’s so disrespectful”. So I said, Because I have no respect for that party any more. There’s nothing democratic about it.” She, of course, became incensed. But I don’t know why that guy in the grocery store scenario challenged her unless he was unhappy with her performance as a legislator. And if that was the age, why didn’t he just say it? The whole thing was another Jussie Smollett hoax afaic.

  45. lyn says:

  46. Dora says:

    Ice Cream is always a cool treat on a hot day.

  47. Dora says:

    Every ‘dirty’ tactic being deployed to stop the growth of this movement.

  48. taw46 says:

    FNC has a special on JFK Jr. On now.

  49. Myiq2xu™ says:

    My Sunday post is finally up!

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