Charles Murray's blank-minded attempt at a trend-story, is usefully dissected here. For my part, I couldn't get past the comedy implicit in Murray's crude taxonomy, and to be honest, Will Saletan's Sherrod/Williams flawed analogy.
An unfortunate portion of the black experience consists of being told
that you are collectively hidebound to folly
, by people presently frolicking in their own. To be black in America is to take lectures on dignity from naked emperors.
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, Between the World and Me,
and We Were Eight Years in Power