commented on Want to Help Ferguson? Get Behind Reparations
"He's not talking about handing cash over to black people."
...except that's exactly what reparations is. The rest of the stuff is social programs that could be done without the toxic label, but that's not what Coates is after.
commented on If There Can Be Six Californias, There Could Be Two Washingtons
God, the politics geek in me would adore this.
Would McMorris-Rogers run for the Senate, giving up her power in the House? Would Peter Goldmark come home to run for Governor in a likely primary against Lisa Brown, to see who would square off in the general election against Matt Shea or Sharon Brown? Would Michael Baumgartner finally get the Senate seat that he covets?
The dynamics would be incredible!
commented on Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Beginning of Obvious Justness for African Americans
I'm more than a little surprised at the people who are praising the Coates article for not being prescriptive, when that's what I thought its biggest flaw was. He proved that racism exists, but that's not anything that we didn't know.
There are more than enough proposals for reparations out there to make an informed decision, and for Coates to ignore that shows he's not really as interested in the "solution" as he is about talking around the problem.
commented on Let's Not Be Fatalistic About Prospects for Reparations
Coates' article was an absolute farce, and anyone who ignores the serious flaws in it in order to hail it as some sort of groundbreaking work (hi, Chris Hayes) is being ridiculous.
The obvious missing piece in this post is that the Caribbean nations are seeking the money from European colonizers. It's easy for them to nod in agreement about the subject; it wouldn't be their money. That's not how it would happen in America.
commented on Jess Spear Running Against House Speaker Frank Chopp
@18: "Can she name where the 49 districts are? Can she name where ten districts are?"
Since she's not running for Speaker of the House, only to be representative out of her district, what you're asking is completely irrelevant.
commented on Punished for the Crime of Being Female on the Internet
"gentle reminder from the other 50% of our species that the correct nomenclature for an adult female of the human race is "woman". Referring to women as "females" is the biggest red flag I (and every other woman I know) pick up on in a dialog,"
I struggle to believe this is true.