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Several of you have sent me this Teabonics post which Andrew labels TNC bait. I'd very much like to join in on the mocking, but there's one problem--I really don't have a leg to stand on. Frequent visitors, and especially those of you who pepper my inbox with notes titled "It's "Their" not "There," know exactly what I'm talking about. God bless you all. And in your honor, I'm going to refrain--it's only been a week since I wrote a post initially headlined "The Tea Party's Rank Amaturism." 


Besides, coming from a part of the tracks where people are frequently attacked, not so much for what they're saying, but for how they've said it, I confess some sympathy. To be clear, I initially had a good laugh--but you can't be me, and with any sincerity mock people for lacking refinement, education or self-awareness. Best to hold your fire and know the ledge.
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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. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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