More On Jesse Helms

You know me, I look for the soft spot in everybody. So in the interest of fairness, I present this article sent to me by one of my readers. It basically lays out Helms surprisingly sympathetic thoughts on a proto-Affirmative Action plan. With guys like Helms, you always wonder whether their bigotry came from the heart, or whether it was a tool for whipping up votes. That Moseley-Braun episode, as well as the anti-gay stuff, makes me think a lot of it came from the heart. Not that race-baiting is any better.

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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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