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  •  Maybe the guy doesn't see much overt (24+ / 0-)

    personal racism so not being terribly empathetic, imaginative or intelligent, he ignores the pervasive institutional racism.  And with the hubris of his ilk dare not admit he doesn't know what the hell he is talking about.  He's an all seeing big time columnist.  He has got to know it all - even that which is beyond his myopic sight.

    Ta-Nehisis Coates quoted Baldwin in an article about Chait's comments and it is also appropriate here:

    Jonathan Chait is arguably the sharpest political writer of his generation. If even he subscribes to a sophomoric feel-good rendering of his country's past, what does that say about the broader American imagination?

    And none of this is even new:

       The record is there for all to read. It resounds all over the world. It might as well be written in the sky. One wishes that–Americans—white Americans—would read, for their own sakes, this record and stop defending themselves against it. Only then will they be enabled to change their lives. The fact that they have not yet been able to do this—to face their history to change their lives—hideously menaces this country. Indeed, it menaces the entire world.
    James Baldwin was not being cute here. If you can not bring yourself to grapple with that which literally built your capitol, then you are not truly grappling with your country. And if you are not truly grappling with your country, then your beliefs in its role in the greater world (exporter of democracy, for instance) are built on sand. Confronting the black experience means confronting the limits of America, and perhaps, humanity itself. That is the confrontation that graduates us out of the ranks of national cheerleading and into the school of hard students.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/...

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 07:59:12 PM PDT

    •  He and Chait are hired hack tools for the GOP. (7+ / 0-)

      Doesn't matter what they "really think" or "really feel."

      I don't even want to know, because I know it will be something very empty and painful and wealthy and hideous and ugly. What I do know is they are hired hands, hired to push a line, for a purpose. Everything else is all clouds of GOP obfuscation. Fortunately, I don't think Bai has a feel for young folks, except for GOP Young Republican wealthy frat boys. His arguments simply aren't convincing to young people, I think that's guaranteed. He doesn't even know how to play the pc card properly. He bungles it. If he had a shred of understanding of those who are concerned about supposed pcisms, he wouldn't write such drivel.

      •  I don't think they are hacks for the GOP (1+ / 0-)
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        Witnessing the reaction to President Obama over the last five years has been a real eye-opener for me, and I have to admit being naive about the depth of racism and ethnic insecurity on the part of most of white America.  At the same time, being here on this site, as well as simply being in a major metropolis over this period, has given me a little more insight to what James Baldwin is writing about, above.

        I don't think it's hopeless, but we have a very long way to go. I don't think Bai or Chait are hopeless either, or hacks, just people with blind spots.  I'm quite convinced that they have this wrong though.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 02:42:00 PM PDT

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        •  I don't agree at all. Especially Bai is for sure (0+ / 0-)

          on the GOP payroll. These pundits are placed by both parties into these media outlets, and it's been that way since Reagan. They display the coordinated talking points of the week and/or day from the infamous Wed. morning Norquist meetings, and don't show much independence.

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