Steve Sailer writes:
Unfortunately for Coates’ persuasiveness, white people, unlike blacks, have never actually done anything terribly bad to him. The worst memory he can dredge up is the time an Upper West Side white woman pushed his 4-year-old son to get the dawdling kid to stop clogging an escalator exit. She even had the racist nerve to say, “Come on!” (…)
Since I’m a horrible person, my immediate response to Coates’ tale was…okay…black-run county, affirmative-action hiring, and poor police decision-making…you know, I bet the shooter cop was black.
And sure enough (…)
In other words, the two black men racially profiled each other as dangerous criminals and then violently attacked each other.
Why did the two blacks profile each other?
Oh, sorry, I forgot: because white people.
Wait, my mistake: because people who believe they are white.
Occam’s razor suggests that the reason blacks tend to fear violence from one another is because they tend to be violent.
Unfortunately, Coates, a 39-year-old Howard U. dropout, doesn’t actually know much about history because, even though he frequently reads history books, he lacks a retentive mind. He reminds me of another autodidact who is always amazed by whatever he is currently reading: Glenn Beck*.
Coates is unable to keep in his head a coherent timeline of the past, which means he is frequently clueless about what could possibly have caused what. For example, when recounting his arrival at Howard U. around 1993, he complains that outside his HBCU “black beauty was never celebrated in movies, in television…”
Personally, I watched a lot of television in 1993, and my recollection is that the beauty of Michael Jordan’s black body was rather often celebrated.
But who can expect the New James Baldwin to remember 1993?
*OMG that!!! Laura Rosen Cohen sent me this Mickey Kaus thing yesterday and THAT was what I was trying to say in his comments…
Except Kaus — as I learned in the same comments — went to Harvard. Harvard.
And I went to a 2-year community college. But he’s Mickey Kaus tho…