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    Ta-Nehisi Coates puts the “mask” on Dr. Ben Carson

    Ta-Nehisi Coates puts the “mask” on Dr. Ben Carson

    … and so removes his own.

    Dr. Ben Carson has been called a “Political Mandingo” and Uncle Tom on the pages of Daily Kos and elsewhere, and Republicans’ “black friend” by Touré Neblett,

    Now Ta-Nehisi Coates, who usually writes at The Atlantic, has a guest Op-Ed at The New York Times which perniciously speaks of Dr. Carson as wearing a mask, He Wears the Mask:

    Since the dawn of the Obama era, conservatives have been on the lookout for such a man. In 2004 they dispatched Alan Keyes cross-country to take up the mantle of the Conservative Black Hope and deliver an early knockout to Obama. Keyes had never lived in Illinois and his voters barely knew him, and voted accordingly. But it did not matter who he was. What mattered was their plan….

    Having seen their icon thrashed in 2004, in 2009 conservatives looked to Michael Steele, the first African-American to head the Republican National Convention, to face off with the first black president. But Steele had an on-again off-again relationship with the party line, and was thus ill suited to be a Conservative Black Hope, even if the hip-hop Republican often talked like one.

    Coates then rattles off other Republican Black Hopes, and concludes:

    Not all black conservatives see it as their job to tell white racists that they embody the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. It is certainly possible to oppose Obamacare in good conscience. No one knows this more than Ben Carson. In the late 1980s and early ’90s, he may have been the most celebrated figure in the black communities of Baltimore. Carson responded to that adulation by regularly giving his time to talk to young people, who needed to know that there was so much more beyond the streets.

    I was one of those young people. I don’t doubt that Carson was a conservative even then. I knew plenty of black people who loved their community and hated welfare. But white conservatives were never interested in them, and they were never as interested in Ben Carson as they are right now. When the presidency was an unbroken string of white men, there were no calls for him to run for the White House. And then he put on the mask.

    This really is a disgusting argument, that every time a black conservative rises it is just a charade, the white man’s dream to fool everyone.  The argument presupposes that true blackness only belongs to Coates and not to Allen West, or Mia Love, or Dr. Ben Carson, or other black conservatives.

    Coates likes to hold himself out at an intellectual steeped in history, someone above the race-baiting of the Democratic Party.  With this column trying to put a mask on Dr. Carson, Coates took off his own mask.

    Look for Coates to become a regular columnist at The Times eventually.


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    not sure why but for some reason today this one bugs the hell out of me.

    DaMav | April 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Coates is a jerk. He likes to censor anyone who disagrees with him and plays the race card like grandma used to play solitaire.

    jdkchem | April 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Kudos to doc Carson for cueing up Roger Glover’s 3rd solo album.

    jdkchem | April 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Ta-Nehisi. Is that Swahili for “the sissy”?

    Henry Hawkins | April 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    In most any arena of media there is the old guard, gone or going soon, the current name players, and the young Turks striving to break through. We see the Toure’s and Coates’ of the liberal ‘news’ media trying to gain attention by pushing the envelope of the this same tripe we’ve been seeing for forty years, always more nasty, more Down With The Struggle than the last round, pushing the Racism franchise to new limits. If your meal ticket is racism, you have to create it where it doesn’t exist if you want to keep eating and keep reading your menus from left to right.

    Roland Martin rose and sank in a few short years, like so many other ‘shocking’ new voices on lib cable TV ‘news’ – to the young Turks in that arena, this means opportunities open up all the time and you’d better be on the edge of reality the whole time you’re up there, should you ever make it. They’re the quickest route to the top, these nasty, cynical guerilla-style verbal attacks, “look at me!” utterances from intellectual teenagers, these community activist-slash-‘journalists’ clawing upwards from provincial sidewalks in Baltimore or Boston, Chicago or St. Louis, hopefully to the penthouse studios in NYC or LA, where they fancy themselves national leaders, historical figures even. You have to piss people off to get there, and get them writing about you, tweeting about you, buzzing on you. (The young Turk wannabes of Hollywood and popular music do just the same, those who break through ultimately looking like pathetic hypocrites as they try to maintain the young Turk rebel posture from the streets outside their multi-million dollar mansions).

    Let ’em talk, I say. The NAACP crowd has cried wolf so often, the charge of racism has lost all meaning. Few believe it without video evidence, that is, they no longer trust the accusers. So, they must make the accusations nastier and wilder. The old stuff ain’t workin’ anymore, and their franchise is dying. Note the shrillness -or silence – of late from the Global Warming catastrophists. Same thing, same reason. The old stuff ain’t workin’ anymore.

    Let ’em talk. Anyone who buys this shit is beyond logic and reason and intellectual self-reliance anyway. There is a limit to how far the envelope can be pushed before the results become risibly indefensible even to fellow young Turks.

    Let ’em talk. It’s the last gassy vapors left in their tank. Obamacare is going to crash and burn. Even sheep will get riled if they go long enough without food. The menu of entitlement benefits can’t NOT be reduced in the very near future – unless the whole freakin’ country breaks down. Either way, the evidence of the abject failure of collectivist socialism will become undeniable, the results in the field intolerable. Their own sheep will tell them to shut up.

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