Derrick Bell and Malcolm X possessed the right to be pessimistic. Because “it was earned.” It was “neither cheap nor abstract.” Here, West reveals that he believes Coates’ voice is unearned. Abstract. Cheap. To West, Coates seems to be an outsider. An interloper with too much distance from the struggle for his thoughts on the struggle to matter. A writer with no investments in or ties to what he’s writing about. And I am disappointed that a man as brilliant and iconic as West would believe and publish such a thing.
Yeah, I’m a bit disturbed by how hard he went; it seemed uncharacteristically vitriolic.
Noam Chomsky, Killer Mike, Judith Butler, Bree Newsome, David Roediger, Chuy Garcia, Robert Jensen, Jodi Dean…
More of this.
Excellent article there. And quite frankly, if people don’t read and apply the ideas in it, we’re going nowhere.
Hell in a handbasket isn’t nowhere…
This should be compulsory reading for anyone who finds business as usual from the Dems a tolerable state of affairs.
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