A Nation Defined By White Supremacy? Ctd

It’s been difficult keeping up with the hundreds of emails responding to the highly-charged thread, and even more difficult finding ones that represent the many sides of the debate while moving it forward. But here is our final attempt to best represent the views coming through the in-tray: There is something rich about a bunch of Dishheads diagnosing and psychoanalyzing … Continue reading A Nation Defined By White Supremacy? Ctd

A Nation Defined by White Supremacy? Ctd

The in-tray had been flooded with responses to the Coates-Chait debate and we will continue to air them as I gather my thoughts. A common sentiment from readers: I’m glad to read this thread because I didn’t realize others also saw changes in Ta-Nehisi’s writing. Personally, I’m not troubled by his opinions or his anger. What bothers … Continue reading A Nation Defined by White Supremacy? Ctd

A Nation Defined By White Supremacy? Ctd

A reader dissents: It is hard to know where to respond to TNC.  His essays and rebuttal were powerful in so many ways, talking about the values and strengths of African Americans, white American hypocrisy, the way pathology becomes the dominant narrative over the factual evidence of strong values.  Yet traps abound.  Words like any … Continue reading A Nation Defined By White Supremacy? Ctd

A Nation Defined By White Supremacy? Ctd

I’m sorry if some were confused a little by my last post on the TNC-Chait debate (a bad case of pronoun vagueness). If I’m being completely honest – and Coates makes such honesty more possible by such intense vulnerability and candor in his own prose – I still haven’t recovered from TNC’s last post. I … Continue reading A Nation Defined By White Supremacy? Ctd

A Nation Defined By White Supremacy? Ctd

More readers add their perspective to the thread: Even those born and raised here do not always readily grasp the “racial resonances” you write of. I’m a 40-year black man who was born and raised in the suburbs, to parents who came here from Jamaica. That upbringing shaped my view of the United States into … Continue reading A Nation Defined By White Supremacy? Ctd

A Nation Defined By White Supremacy? Ctd

During his book tour in 2009, TNC talks about the American Dream in the context of The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood: As I wrote last week, I thought Chait had the upper hand in the latest twist of his and TNC’s argument about black culture, poverty and white supremacy. Then he … Continue reading A Nation Defined By White Supremacy? Ctd

The Best Of The Dish Today

UMass G Derrick Gordon announces that he is gay, becoming 1st openly gay athlete in Division I men’s basketball. » http://t.co/O1Y7cjCFez — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 9, 2014 After all the rancor of the last few days, it’s great to focus on something positive in the gay world. That interview above is, to me at least, … Continue reading The Best Of The Dish Today

The Best Of The Dish Today

The most trafficked post of the day remained The Quality Of Mercy; followed by the ever-viral Hounding Of A Heretic. Other popular posts on social media included my long followup to The Quality Of Mercy, a post about the perils of urban sprawl, and a final roundup of reader emails in the highly-charged thread, A Nation Defined By White Supremacy? You can comment on the … Continue reading The Best Of The Dish Today