Aug 19, 2014
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.
Jul 17, 2014
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!
May 31, 2014
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.
May 27, 2014
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.