Thursday Open Thread: Ta-Nehisi Coates Tears Mitch McConnell a New One
Well, yesterday was an interesting #Juneteenth to say the least.
In addition to having Joe Biden step in it (again) and having Kamala Harris, Bill de Blasio, and Cory Booker respond (with Bernie Sanders oh-so conveniently piggybacking off Booker) we also had everyone’s least favorite human muppet, Chuck Todd, get his feefees hurt when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had the audacity to call the concentration camps on our southern border…concentration camps. Apparently for Todd, having Africa referred to as a land of “shithole countries”, having Mexicans referred to as “rapists”, and having White Nationalists referred to as “fine people” was all fine and dandy, but an accurate historical term describing the current housing of unaccompanied minors was a bridge too far. Alas, these were the kind of stories that were occupying my Twitter feed throughout the day, showing once again that we are nowhere near a post-racial society.
But the one saving grace from yesterday came from none other than Ta-Nehisi Coates. As both a student of history and an aspiring writer, I find Coates to be a once-in-a-generation talent. He boldly sought out to become this generation’s James Baldwin and thanks to his best-selling Between The World And Me, he set the bar pretty damn high. His follow-up, We Were Eight Years in Power, was a collection of his essays from the Obama years and it included what has become his most well-read piece, The Case for Reparations. Unfortunately, a spat with Cornel West has forced Coates off of Twitter, but he returned to the public eye yesterday to speak in favor of reparations at a Congressional hearing. Coates’ eloquence, as always, is second-to-none and his powerful words shine a light on America’s continued struggle to reconcile with its racist past. America still obviously struggles with its original sin, but when Coates speaks people listen. And there are a lot more people listening to Coates on this issue than Mitch McConnell.
This is your Ta-Nehisi Thursday Open Thread.
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