One segment of the population, and vaguely multi-culti, has figured out that the Donald J. Quisling cabal is purely white racist. Over the last few weeks I've seen Ta-Nehisi Coates on various chat shows, due to the imminent release of his book, "We Were Eight Years in Power". For those who've not seen him, or don't read "The Atlantic" any longer (your humble servant included), the book is a chronological collection of (all of?) his essays over the Obama presidency.

Rather than just collect and reprint the texts, he includes an introductory commentary to each one. Anyway, today's NYT has a review by Jennifer Senior, which you just have to read. You may skip the book because you don't want to be that up close and personal with a black guy, but read the review. And, as you can see, she's very white.

Pardon me for piling on, but here's that word you so often see in these missives, although applied to a different problem:

With Obama's election, Coates briefly allowed himself to entertain the same belief. He was quickly disenchanted. It's clear he now believes this arc, at best, reaches an asymptote — that dastardly dotted line it can never quite touch. And even that's probably too optimistic a reading.

Near the end of the piece is the gut punch, and well deserved,

In the election of Trump, Coates sees an affirmation of his bleak worldview. "To Trump whiteness is neither notional nor symbolic but is the very core of his power," he writes in the final essay here, recently published to much attention in The Atlantic. "Every Trump voter is most certainly not a white supremacist," Coates writes. "But every Trump voter felt it acceptable to hand the fate of the country over to one."
[my emphasis]

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Comment by marshall bjohnson on October 3, 2017 at 9:24am

Coates is by faaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrr the best amerika has to offer these days (a well deserved genius grant award winner) his previous 2 non-fiction books bring both tears and joy to this ally...

Comment by Ron Powell on October 3, 2017 at 10:04am

  "Every Trump voter is most certainly not a white supremacist," Coates writes. "But every Trump voter felt it acceptable to hand the fate of the country over to one."

No need to read any further.


Comment by Tom Cordle on October 4, 2017 at 11:53am

Coates is a keen observer of the American condition and psyche, particularly in regard to the delusion of American Exceptionalism. He's also a helluva writer.

Comment by Robert Young on October 4, 2017 at 12:09pm

I may do a piece on "American exceptionalism", working from a NYT piece on IBM and India.  IOW, American capitalists don't see anything exceptional about Americans vis-a-vis 2nd and 3rd world cheaper hands.  just like the 19th century South vs. New England and 20th South vs. the rest of the world.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 4, 2017 at 12:27pm

I agree with Ron on this

Comment by Robert Young on October 4, 2017 at 1:41pm

and today, or may be very late last night, NBC reports that Tillerson called Trump a moron.  and Tillerson didn't deny it.  we've a 6 year old petulant president.  only in Amerika.


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