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Thu Sep 7, 2017, 10:13 AM

This Ta-Nehisi-Coats essay...is one for the ages.

This is difficult reading. Am buying The Atlantic today, so I may yellow highlight darn near every word.

This resonates so much with me because Just yesterday I wrote here at DU, how "seasoned politicos know fully well that words used as weapons, matter."
Coats writes brilliantly that words used to polite-away the heart of Trump voters is to deny the on-going struggle for equality.

While his content is overwhelming to digest...somehow, it flows like a thirst quenching rushing river. I love this man and his gift.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/the-first-white-president-ta-nehisi-coates/537909/

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Reply This Ta-Nehisi-Coats essay...is one for the ages. (Original post)
Ninga Sep 2017 OP
ginnyinWI Sep 2017 #1
AJT Sep 2017 #2
Achilleaze Sep 2017 #3
MuseRider Sep 2017 #4
roscoeroscoe Sep 2017 #5
sheshe2 Sep 2017 #6
Ninga Sep 2017 #13
Solly Mack Sep 2017 #7
Wounded Bear Sep 2017 #8
octoberlib Sep 2017 #9
salin Sep 2017 #10
zentrum Sep 2017 #11
PunkinPi Sep 2017 #12
LiberalLovinLug Sep 2017 #14
Ninga Sep 2017 #15
LuckyLib Sep 2017 #16
Ninga Sep 2017 #17
alittlelark Sep 2017 #18
Ninga Sep 2017 #19
Ninga Sep 2017 #20
mountain grammy Sep 2017 #21
Ninga Sep 2017 #22

Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 10:16 AM

1. I subscribe to the Atlantic, and

when I see one of his articles, I devour every word. Brilliant writer.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 10:17 AM

2. Thank you for the link.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 10:17 AM

3. Truth is often difficult, but always worthwhile

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 10:18 AM

4. Thanks for the link.

I am bookmarking to read this. He does have a gift.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 10:45 AM

5. Important essay

Read and share widely. Very clear eyed. Sharp as a tack.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 10:49 AM

6. Bookmarking to read later.

Thanks for the link, Ninga.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #6)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 01:55 PM

13. You are welcomed, Sheshe2

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 11:15 AM

7. K&R

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 11:53 AM

8. K & R ......recommended...nt

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 12:03 PM

9. I love the way he writes. K&R!

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 12:13 PM

10. I just finished the article. Very important reading.

Very hard realities.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 12:51 PM

11. K&R

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Thu Sep 7, 2017, 12:53 PM

12. K&R

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 02:07 PM

14. I found this line interesting and had never heard it put this way before

Talking about Trump white voter thinking:

"It is as if the white tribe united in demonstration to say, “If a black man can be president, then any white man—no matter how fallen—can be president.”

It was their reasoning to excuse any and all behaviour of their great white hope. That ANY white man, no matter how deplorable, was better than a black man, no matter how decent. That it all balanced out in the pigment of the skin.

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #14)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 02:41 PM

15. Sadly, I think he captured the essence of such voters. All the over thinking

analysis offer by the talking heads never resonated - never rang true.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 04:03 PM

16. His book, "Between the World and Me" is stunning. A must-read.

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Response to LuckyLib (Reply #16)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 04:31 PM

17. I agree. Required reading for those who still quest for understanding. Nt

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 12:08 AM

18. The audio version is excellent.......

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #18)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 08:38 AM

19. Thx so much! Will check it out for sure. Nt

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:07 PM

20. This essay will appear in the OCTOBER edition. I have ordered 10 copies of

The Atlantic to give away.

I've noticed all over DU, newer discussions about the topic of the profile of the Trump voter.

None of those discussions take into account this essay. I guess it's too long....

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:36 AM

21. I bookmarked it and just read it..

Ta Nehisi Coates is a brilliant writer. I saved his "The Case for Reparations" that he wrote for the Atlantic in 2014, and this piece is every bit as brilliant.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #21)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 09:33 AM

22. I agree, Coats is a linguistic master. I have to print out the article and yellow highlight

passages. It is my new baseline for discussions.

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