Alexandra Pelosi's Inane Attempt to Offend 'Both Sides'

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Alexandra Pelosi goes to a welfare office in New York and proves that she can be as dickish to poor black people as she can to poor white people. Pelosi's commentary is worth listening to. She evidently is declining to understand the critique, preferring instead to undermine it by proving that her sneering knows no bounds. But cruelty is cruelty and the fact that one's condescension is of the rainbow doesn't make one any less condescending. 

Pelosi thinks she's surprising by her willingness to unleash her quick wit against poor black people. But there is nothing noteworthy about offending "both sides," a feat that can be managed simply relieving yourself on a crowded street. Moreover, very few black people who've spent time in the white world will be shocked to learn that liberals are just as capable as conservatives as regarding them as objects to be invoked at their leisure. 

That a person who would use journalism to render whole geographies as cartoons, would journey to friendlier environs and pull the same vapid trick should be expected. If your work doesn't actually acknowledge people as full human beings, there's no real reason--short of naked racism--why you wouldn't deploy the white toothless hoarder as a weapon, with the same zeal that you would deploy the black layabouts and drag-behind.

I thought liberals were against the dehumanization of the powerless?  When did we decide that there really was something to the lame-ass "both sides" trick? Since when did shitting on poor and working people become worthy of self-congratulation? When did punching down become avant-garde? 

I think the worse part about this is that I actually enjoyed Pelosi's Ted Haggard documentary. It actually displayed some degree of sympathy, and while fully airing him out, somehow managed to not mock him. Maybe I need to rewatch.

As an aside, those of you inclined to think (as Pelosi evidently does) that I'm doing this because I'm a liberal, should read my prior post on her other video. 




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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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