Strange Bedfellows: Blacks And Applachian Whites

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More Webb. Pay Attention, now. Watch him, at once, shut down Pat Buchanan, but at the same time give Appalachia the humanity it deserves. Check out his pitch for the real dream ticket--blacks and screwed over whites (Isn't that a page out LBJ's book?). Listen to his nuance critique of Affirmative Action, which he defends as a matter of historical redress for African-Americans, but attacks as a means to multiculturalism. I find him pretty convincing.

Folks, I have to tell you, this campaign has made me a better person. I was never a Farrakhanite or a "Kill Whitey" dude. But in my writing, in my personal life, and probably on this blog, I've been quick to deal in generalities. It's knee-jerk response to watching other people do it to black folks, but its wrong, dehumanizing, and intellectually lazy. It's a weak man who deals in broad stereotypes in order to avoid the complexities of actual human beings. Listen to what the man is saying about the commonalities between Appalachia and black America.  I was half-joking about the endorsement before. Now, I don't know how Barack doesn't chose Webb. It would be a beautiful union between two thinking people, two intellectuals, two writers, both of them representing two communities that this country really needs to come to terms with.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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