One question for Joel: If BLACK Americans had economic progress, would they even need to protest and declare BLACK LIVES MATTER. Dismissed!
This article by Joel Kotkin, RIGHT HERE:
Ta-Nehisi Coates and the new wave of black nationalists are selling a line that is inimical to real racial progress in America.
The election of Barack Obama promised to inaugurate the dawn of a post-racial America. Instead we seem to be stepping ever deeper into a racial quagmire. The past two month saw the violent commemoration of the Ferguson protests, “the celebration” of the 50th anniversary of the Watts riots, new police shootings in places as distant as Cincinnati and Fort Worth, and renewed disorder, tied to a police-related shooting, in St. Louis last week.
When President Obama was elected, two-thirds of Americans thought race relations were good. Now six in 10 think they are bad, according to a New York Times poll, including some 68% African Americans.
3 Chics commenter, Liza for the MOTHERFUCKING WIN! Yes, I said it.
August 30, 2015 at 11:44 am
This entire article written by white guy Joel Kotkin, who I have never heard of before this, is nothing but a thinly veiled, white racist perspective on the black experience in America apparently inspired by TNC’s new book as well as the author’s disdain for President Obama and, to a lesser extent, Eric Holder.
Oh, yes, it is so easy to blather about “economic progress” as the solution to all that ails this country because “the American Dream” is alive and well and what we should always be striving for. We should always be looking to the future because that is what Americans do, we move on no matter what, right? The dark, ugly, murderous part of the history of this country should be glossed over and constantly revised if not forgotten because there is always another economic opportunity out there for those who have the guts to go for it, right? And those who succeed are not looking behind them in the rear view mirror, they are looking ahead, always ahead.
And so goes the standard, run of the mill, unoriginal, and played out WHITE DISMISSAL of all race related problems that have festered in this country for hundreds of years. That is all this article is really about. A different author, but the same tired argument full of generalizations, dismissals, and omissions.
If given the opportunity, I would be compelled to ask the author just one question. Mr. Kotkin, assuming we could create more economic opportunities for minorities, how would Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Darius Simmons, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, and all of the other young, black people who have been murdered by racists or unjustly killed or maimed by police benefit from this robust economic growth that you blather about while dismissing the very real life and death issues that people of color face every single day that they try to live in this country?
Go away, Joel Kotkin.
He serves on the board Orange County Register.
YES, Joel Kotkin, go thee the fuck away.