I reserve the right to be a nigger.
One thing that that repeatedly rankles me when Judis makes his "white working class" critique of Obama, is that he never engages the populist prejudice he presumably wants Obama to overcome. I'm not sure that he even accurately names the prejudice--I don't like his broad sweeping terms.
But accepting them for the sake of argument, you get this undercurrent that it's somehow understandable that presumably non-racist white working class people would vote against someone because their parents, like, valued education and shit....
If we were talking about a group of black voters who refused to vote for someone because they aspired to be a lawyer or politician, we would be knee-deep in "black pathology" diatribes and Bill Cosby call-outs. Mo-fos would think it was the second Maafa. T
I get that Obama is a politician, and thus it's his job to make people vote for him. But I don't understand why anti-intellectualism among black people is pathological, and among white people is taken as evidence of working class roots.
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