More On Jesse Helms

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

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.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2008/07/more-on-jesse-helms/5000/