18 July 2015

A brief rant

Every now and again I read something so monumentally clueless from someone apparently intelligent that I find myself asking “Are you fucking kidding me?”

For example, today brings David Brooks writing to Ta-Nehesi Coates.

« In your anger at the tone of innocence some people adopt to describe the American dream, you reject the dream itself as flimflam. But a dream sullied is not a lie. The American dream of equal opportunity, social mobility and ever more perfect democracy cherishes the future more than the past. It abandons old wrongs and transcends old sins for the sake of a better tomorrow. »

Dreams of equal opportunity, social mobility and ever more perfect democracy should not be considered flimflam? Does Brooks even read his own paper? I mean, I’m angry about all those issues, and I’m white. Jesus wept.

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