Can someone help me out with something? I'm asking honestly, not being a troll, honestly.
But Coates says that Obama's unique blackness also led to blind spots for the president, manifested in his tendency to lecture black people on being better parents, getting off drugs, eating better food and turning off the TV, and other racist shibboleths.
I remember both he and Michelle catching hell for saying such things, but I'm at a loss to find examples of when he directed this at black people specifically. It's something that made me nod my head when I heard it; my wife's a teacher, and when she taught in a poor district, the mostly-white parents, when there was an extracurricular activity like a concert, would drive up, drop off their kids, then go home, with the most common reason being that they were going home "to watch my stories." It's heartbreaking to watch those kids come in, fully aware that their parents don't give a shit about 'em.
Again, not trying to start a fight.
The comment about the white counties around Chicago resonates with me as an Illinoisan living in Not Chicago, because they don't just hate non-white people--the affluent right-wingers I've met from the ring counties and white burbs aren't shy about their racism--they also hate the rest of the state and how their tax dollars pay for stuff outside Chicago. Meanwhile we've got schools that are falling apart, but God forbid the people in Barrington have their tax dollars pay for something other than maintenance on their high schools' Olympic-size swimming pool.