Ta-Nehisi Coates: My President Was Black

If you have a good 45 minutes to waste on a long-winded Ta-Nehisi Coates think piece navel-gazing over his blackness in the final days of Black Run America (BRA), you will not want to miss “My President Was Black”:

“In the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration, he and his wife, Michelle, hosted a farewell party, the full import of which no one could then grasp. It was late October, Friday the 21st, and the president had spent many of the previous weeks, as he would spend the two subsequent weeks, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. Things were looking up. Polls in the crucial states of Virginia and Pennsylvania showed Clinton with solid advantages. The formidable GOP strongholds of Georgia and Texas were said to be under threat. The moment seemed to buoy Obama. He had been light on his feet in these last few weeks, cracking jokes at the expense of Republican opponents and laughing off hecklers. At a rally in Orlando on October 28, he greeted a student who would be introducing him by dancing toward her and then noting that the song playing over the loudspeakers—the Gap Band’s “Outstanding”—was older than she was. “This is classic!” he said. Then he flashed the smile that had launched America’s first black presidency, and started dancing again. Three months still remained before Inauguration Day, but staffers had already begun to count down the days. They did this with a mix of pride and longing—like college seniors in early May. They had no sense of the world they were graduating into. None of us did. …”

It begins with a BET hosted cocktail party with the Obamas on the South Lawn of the White House in late October and ends with Trump’s unexpected victory.

Highlights include:

  • “Usher led the crowd in a call-and-response: “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud.”
  • “It was the feeling that this particular black family, the Obamas, represented the best of black people, the ultimate credit to the race, incomparable in elegance and bearing.”
  • “Whiteness in America is a different symbol—a badge of advantage.”
  • “But Obama appealed to a belief in innocence—in particular a white innocence—that ascribed the country’s historical errors more to misunderstanding and the work of a small cabal than to any deliberate malevolence or widespread racism. America was good. America was great.”
  • “For most African Americans, white people exist either as a direct or an indirect force for bad in their lives.”
  • “African Americans typically raise their children to protect themselves against a presumed hostility from white teachers, white police officers, white supervisors, and white co-workers.”
  • “That lens, born of literally relating to whites, allowed Obama to imagine that he could be the country’s first black president.”
  • “The national anthem was played first, but then came the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” As the lyrics rang out over the crowd, the students held up the black-power fist—a symbol of defiance before power. And yet here, in the face of a black man in his last year in power, it scanned not as a protest, but as a salute.”

Poor Ta-Nehisi Coates … he just doesn’t get it. He is utterly blind to how his own Black Nationalist identitarianism and racial grievance politics inexorably leads to Richard Spencer’s White Nationalist identitarianism:

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So, I’m a White male. I’ve heard about this “Alt-Right.”

I’m sitting here wondering why Ta-Nehisi Coates is considered legitimate and is a celebrated public intellectual, but Richard Spencer is demonized as a hateful extremist. Why is Ta-Nehisi Coates railing against “white supremacy” when he is feted by the black president of the United States at a cocktail party on the South Lawn of the White House? Why is Ta-Nehisi Coates writing for The Atlantic? Why does he have his own “Black Panther” comic book? Why is Ta-Nehisi Coates teaching a course at MIT?

It’s because Richard Spencer is White, isn’t it?

Obviously, The Atlantic doesn’t have a problem with hail victories so long as it is the black power salute. They don’t have a problem with blacks nurturing racial grievances. They don’t have a problem with “extremist groups” like the Black Panthers. They don’t have any objection to black identity politics or racial animosity toward Whites. Their sole objection is to White identity and White interest group politics.

What would they say if a White musician was on the South Lawn of the White House leading an overwhelmingly White crowd in a call-and-response: “Say it loud, I’m White and I’m proud.” Hell, we all know that would be a “story about race in America,” wouldn’t it? That would be a story about “hate” or something.

The real story here is how that doesn’t work anymore like it used to.

23 Comments

  1. If anything Jewish and Asian women are pickier, because they come from greater wealth. When I lived in Virginia the wealthiest people were Jewish, Hindu, or Korean, not generic Whites. That’s the South for you.

  2. Bullshit. “The Region” is vast and one area isn’t necessarily the same as another. Virginia is very different from Arkansas. North Carolina is very different from Louisiana. Georgia is different than Texas.

  3. I’ve been Austin, very SWPL. I’ve driven through North Carolina and South Carolina on a Road Trip to Florida. I even saw Asians and Asian Indians in those places. Asians are part of the south, but the south isn’t some scene from Deliverance like people imagine. It’s becoming very cosmopolitan.

  4. Tell that to my last Asian Girl Friend. Asian Culture is super Alpha, ex. Samurai’s, Chinese were a warrior culture as well.

  5. He has those ‘there’s something wrong upstairs’ eyes. No wonder White women won’t have anything to do with him.

  6. Bullshit. I’ve lived in predominantly black neighborhoods(ghettos) and poor White neighborhoods. I had many White friends living in trailer parks. I’ve personally had to deal with methhead stupidity. I don’t need a writer to tell me about my personal experiences and observations.

    In the poorer White communities there was increased crime for sure, but nothing that could be considered comparable to the daily depravity and violent crime committed by blacks. The White meth heads would borrow money and never pay you back, break into your car, maybe break into your home while you were away, get arrested for domestic violence, etc. They were more prone to get arrested on drug charges and destroy their own lives and families than they were to rampage through the streets, raping, assaulting and murdering like it was a full time occupation.

    In the White communities where I lived, when there was a story about local stores and homes getting robbed and the owner shot and killed, it was almost always a story with a black perp who came from outside the area to commit the crime. For every 1 White guy that committed violent acts, there was at least 3 or 4 black guys doing the same. And I’m talking about in the communities that were predominantly White.

    Give me the names of the White communities and I’ll see how they compare to the black areas across America. I doubt you’ll find one that will crack the top 200 when it comes to violent crime statistics.

  7. I said this from the time Obama was elected, HE PROVES EVERYTHING I BELIEVED WAS RIGHT and HE PROVES IT TO THE WORLD.

  8. Hunter has probably explained this before but if not I WILL. The very reason why the establishment both JEWS and WASP Freemasonic power-players look upon Negroes yelling BLACK POWER as okay is because in the core of their being, they believe the Negro is a CHILD that needs love. Just like the two year old who threw his toys, Daddy tanned his butt and then Mommy kissed him to make him stop crying IT IS THE SAME DANGED THING. Parents see a child and they give him love discipline and knowledge. To the Elites the Negro is like that child something to Parent. As children will do what their parents tell them, the Negro does what he is told. Now what the Negro knows and why he is so angry is down deep he knows the Paternalistic love and all the perverted games these people play are just lies, he knows to them he is a Coon and Lawn ornament. He simultaneously HATES and NEEDS his sponsors. Understand????

  9. The Elites remember every time we rose up against them WAT TYLER IN ENGLAND 1381, BACONS REBELLION, THE REGULATORS IN NORTH CAROLINA SHAYS REBELLION, all of them. They live in fear of a French or Russian Revolution and for that because they know racially we are the same, they want us dead. No us=no rebellion.

    The Jews always fared worst in these rebellions, once the Peasant was free to act he destroyed them. However in France in 1789 he discovered that if he tricked the Peasants with THINGS and IDEAS instead of Truth he could direct these rebelllions, This was how we got both the French and Russian Revolutions.

    The thing was the Peasants figured them out and in 1922 and 1933 we threw them off and in our new world we wanted no more corrupt Aristocrat and no more Jew. So what did the Jew do? He ran with bells on to the Anglo-American Aristocrats, told them that if it didnt stop it would come to America and they would all drown in blood inside their mansions. So they tricked us into the war and control was maintained

    These Minorities are seen as soldiers. They will die too, Planet Israel must be born and all the worlds wealth must be brought to the Third Temple for King Satan. The Talmudics believe this

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