Ta Nehisi Coates is a writer for The Atlantic magazine. He says that the election of President Trump last November was all about — you guessed it: race. His “reasoning” — if such it could be called — amounts to a half-witted, paranoid rant that’s easy to debunk. He says something to the effect that Trump’s success across all sectors of white Americans proves the racism of it all. Failing to mention Barack Obama’s success across all sectors of white Americans as well. And so forth.
During the silly segment, Coates engaged in the Left’s favorite imaginary super power: mind-reading. He told us all about what white Americans were thinking when they voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton. Of course, you see, he, as a black American, is the best-positioned to know what white Americans are thinking and feeling. I wonder how he’d react if I, a white American, were to presume to tell him how black Americans are thinking…
None of that, though, stopped National Public Radio today from treating Coates’ hollow substancelessness as serious social commentary on their fake news morning program, Morning Edition.
Breathlessly earnest hostette, Rachel Martin, interviewed the lugubrious Coates, who informed her of all that is wrong with America as it pertains to how it interacts with rich black people like him.
Martin, treating the entire pile of steaming codswallop as established fact, asked Coates, “Is there any way out of this?” “No,” opined Coates, it’s just the way it is.
Ta Nehisi Coates is a race addict who’s made a handsome living from whining about how hostile America is to black people like him. What’s fascinating to me is that very contradiction.
It shouldn’t be difficult to see it. Here’s someone whining incessantly about how hostile the country is to him and to people like him, and getting rich from it. And lacking the… whatever to see that glaring, massive contradiction.
But, what is that “whatever” that prevents apparently intelligent, rational people like Ta Nehisi Coates from seeing the elephant in their intellectual living room? Is it a complete lack of self-awareness? Is Coates that wrapped up in his race addiction that he doesn’t see his own affluence, as well as the wealth that surrounds him?
Is it stupidity? Is Coates really that much of an idiot that he can’t fathom that a country supposedly so overloaded with hostility to people who look like him would never allow him to annoy them so constantly? And to get rich off it to boot!
Is it plain, dumb ignorance? Is Ta Nehisi Coates that unaware of all the opportunities available to black Americans out there? Opportunities that he himself seized to become wealthy.
You can’t look at the phenomenon of so many prominent, prosperous, famous, admired black Americans… whining about how horrible it is to be black in America, without wondering: what in the heck is going on?
Colin Kaepernick, for example, may not be playing football in the National Football League anymore, but he remains fabulously wealthy, and has assured himself a place in the spotlight for years to come, again simply by yammering on about just how gosh darned mean America is to people like him.
Part of it must be, I suppose, the fact that the entire left-wing Grievance Machine, of which NPR is an important component, feeds this kind of half-witted narcissism by piling plaudits and accolades on race addicts like Ta Nehisi Coates. After all, Coates has made his living — a very good living — from whining about America. If his rantings were to be exposed for the flapdoodle they are, he’d have no other marketable skill.
Or maybe it’s nothing more than, as the old saying goes: if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
To the race addict, every problem under the sun is caused by racism. Want proof? In the race addicts’ eyes, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are caused by the racism of white people toward non-white people. Yep. You read that correctly. It goes like this:
- The white power structure hates non-white people, so…
- They aren’t doing anything to prevent “Global Warming” (now “Climate Change”), so…
- Weather is becoming more and more extreme, which…
- Negatively affects poorer countries more, where…
- There are disproportionately more non-white people.
If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.