Ta-Naheisi Coates on Phil Robertson’s Racism

Ta-Nehisi Coates is truly a national treasure, and here he says what needs to be said about Phil Robertson’s racism. This is about why Phil never heard “the blacks” complain to him about white people in old Lousiana:

“The black people who Phil Robertson knew were warred upon. If they valued their lives, and the lives of their families, the last thing they would have done was voiced a complaint about “white people” to a man like Robertson. Ignorance is no great sin and one can forgive the good-natured white person for not knowing how all that cannibal sausage was truly made. But having been presented with a set of facts, Robertson’s response is to cite “welfare” and “entitlement” as the true culprits.

The belief that black people were at their best when they were being hunted down like dogs for the sin of insisting on citizenship is a persistent strain of thought in this country. This belief reflects the inability to cope with an America that is, at least rhetorically, committed to equality.”

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