Demagoguery Works

Adam notes that Park 51's backers appear increasingly willing to move:


Rauf said that "nothing is off the table" when asked whether he would consider moving the site. "We are consulting, talking to various people about how to do this so that we negotiate the best and safest option." 

 The imam told O'Brien "had I known [the controversy] would happen we certainly would never have done this." Asked if he meant he would not have picked the location, Rauf said, "we would not have done something that would create more divisiveness."

I really wish I could say I was surprised. It's really an effective illustration on how the privilege of paranoia. Those HIV was created by the government are rightfully laughed off stage. Those who claim Malcolm X is Barack Obama's father, not so much.
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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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