Ta-Nehisi Coates: All your Blacks are belonging to us

Ta-Nehisi Coates

All your Blacks are belonging to us

I’ve heard some folks in comments grumbling about the inference by Limbaugh, Buchanan, Will and K-Lo that Powell is supporting Obama because he’s black. Meh, I don’t have a dog in this fight. Demeaning Colin Powell as opposed to taking a sec to be self-reflective only makes the job of liberals easier. If they think this is the way to grow their base, then have at it. 

That said, I’ll just address the logic of things.  I have no doubt that Colin Powell is very proud of endorsing a black man for president. But understand how different that is than, making a presidential endorsement because the candidate is black. These dudes (and dudettes) have the thing backwards. Of course they;re prone to getting it backwards because they’ve never understood diversity. Getting inside the heads of people is always hard. But getting inside the heads of black people–when you don’t know any–is even harder. 

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