Strange Bedfellows: Blacks And Applachian Whites

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.

Presented by

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.

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it. They are repulsed by it."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

Video

What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

Video

Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

Video

Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

Video

How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

More in Entertainment

From This Author

Just In