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Musicslave

Ta'Nehisi Coates Article - "The First White President"

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https://soundcloud.com/user-154380542/the-first-white-president-the-atlantic-ta-nehisi-coates

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

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It's lengthy but thought provocating nonetheless... Take a listen. It goes more deeper than the following excerpt.....(Oh and Hillary wasn't spared either in his commentary)

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His political career began in advocacy of birtherism, that modern recasting of the old American precept that black people are not fit to be citizens of the country they built. But long before birtherism, Trump had made his worldview clear. He fought to keep blacks out of his buildings, according to the U.S. government; called for the death penalty for the eventually exonerated Central Park Five; and railed against “lazy” black employees. “Black guys counting my money! I hate it,” Trump was once quoted as saying. “The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.” After his cabal of conspiracy theorists forced Barack Obama to present his birth certificate, Trump demanded the president’s college grades (offering $5 million in exchange for them), insisting that Obama was not intelligent enough to have gone to an Ivy League school, and that his acclaimed memoir, Dreams From My Father, had been ghostwritten by a white man, Bill Ayers.

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It is often said that Trump has no real ideology, which is not true—his ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power. Trump inaugurated his campaign by casting himself as the defender of white maidenhood against Mexican “rapists,” only to be later alleged by multiple accusers, and by his own proud words, to be a sexual violator himself. White supremacy has always had a perverse sexual tint. Trump’s rise was shepherded by Steve Bannon, a man who mocks his white male critics as “cucks.” The word, derived from cuckold, is specifically meant to debase by fear and fantasy—the target is so weak that he would submit to the humiliation of having his white wife lie with black men. That the slur cuck casts white men as victims aligns with the dicta of whiteness, which seek to alchemize one’s profligate sins into virtue. So it was with Virginia slaveholders claiming that Britain sought to make slaves of them. So it was with marauding Klansmen organized against alleged rapes and other outrages. So it was with a candidate who called for a foreign power to hack his opponent’s email and who now, as president, is claiming to be the victim of “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.”

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THE SCOPE OF TRUMP’S commitment to whiteness is matched only by the depth of popular disbelief in the power of whiteness. We are now being told that support for Trump’s “Muslim ban,” his scapegoating of immigrants, his defenses of police brutality are somehow the natural outgrowth of the cultural and economic gap between Lena Dunham’s America and Jeff Foxworthy’s. The collective verdict holds that the Democratic Party lost its way when it abandoned everyday economic issues like job creation for the softer fare of social justice. The indictment continues: To their neoliberal economics, Democrats and liberals have married a condescending elitist affect that sneers at blue-collar culture and mocks the white man as history’s greatest monster and prime-time television’s biggest doofus. In this rendition, Donald Trump is not the product of white supremacy so much as the product of a backlash against contempt for white working-class people.

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IN 2016, HILLARY CLINTON acknowledged the existence of systemic racism more explicitly than any of her modern Democratic predecessors. She had to—black voters remembered too well the previous Clinton administration, as well as her previous campaign. While her husband’s administration had touted the rising-tide theory of economic growth, it did so while slashing welfare and getting “tough on crime,” a phrase that stood for specific policies but also served as rhetorical bait for white voters. One is tempted to excuse Hillary Clinton from having to answer for the sins of her husband. But in her 2008 campaign, she evoked the old dichotomy between white workers and loafing blacks, claiming to be the representative of “hardworking Americans, white Americans.” By the end of the 2008 primary campaign against Barack Obama, her advisers were hoping someone would uncover an apocryphal “whitey tape,” in which an angry Michelle Obama was alleged to have used the slur. During Bill Clinton’s presidential-reelection campaign in the mid-1990s, Hillary Clinton herself had endorsed the “super-predator” theory of William J. Bennett, John P. Walters, and John J. DiIulio Jr. This theory cast “inner-city” children of that era as “almost completely unmoralized” and the font of “a new generation of street criminals … the youngest, biggest and baddest generation any society has ever known.” The “baddest generation” did not become super-predators. But by 2016, they were young adults, many of whom judged Hillary Clinton’s newfound consciousness to be lacking.

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WHEN BARACK OBAMA came into office, in 2009, he believed that he could work with “sensible” conservatives by embracing aspects of their policy as his own. Instead he found that his very imprimatur made that impossible. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the GOP’s primary goal was not to find common ground but to make Obama a “one-term president.” A health-care plan inspired by Romneycare was, when proposed by Obama, suddenly considered socialist and, not coincidentally, a form of reparations. The first black president found that he was personally toxic to the GOP base. An entire political party was organized around the explicit aim of negating one man. It was thought by Obama and some of his allies that this toxicity was the result of a relentless assault waged by Fox News and right-wing talk radio. Trump’s genius was to see that it was something more, that it was a hunger for revanche so strong that a political novice and accused rapist could topple the leadership of one major party and throttle the heavily favored nominee of the other.

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“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” Trump bragged in January 2016. This statement should be met with only a modicum of skepticism. Trump has mocked the disabled, withstood multiple accusations of sexual violence (all of which he has denied), fired an FBI director, sent his minions to mislead the public about his motives, personally exposed those lies by boldly stating his aim to scuttle an investigation into his possible collusion with a foreign power, then bragged about that same obstruction to representatives of that same foreign power. It is utterly impossible to conjure a black facsimile of Donald Trump—to imagine Obama, say, implicating an opponent’s father in the assassination of an American president or comparing his physical endowment with that of another candidate and then successfully capturing the presidency. Trump, more than any other politician, understood the valence of the bloody heirloom and the great power in not being a n*****.


[Edited 9/7/17 13:08pm]

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Reply #1 posted 09/08/17 5:01am

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Long article, and he made some very good points. It still boggles my mind that those who voted for trump, were aware of his past, his racially-divisive and hateful comments, and they still voted for him. For many of them, their excuse is that others didn't come out and vote, and that's why trump won, but the big question is...why would anyone with a'conscience,' knowing all that was revealed about Trump, would still vote for him? Makes one suspicious of what kind of people those supporters are. With that being said, thank goodness there's a term limit for how long one can be president.
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Reply #2 posted 09/08/17 5:40am

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2elijah said:

Long article, and he made some very good points. It still boggles my mind that those who voted for trump, were aware of his past, his racially-divisive and hateful comments, and they still voted for him. For many of them, their excuse is that others didn't come out and vote, and that's why trump won, but the big question is...why would anyone with a'conscience,' knowing all that was revealed about Trump, would still vote for him? Makes one suspicious of what kind of people those supporters are. With that being said, thank goodness there's a term limit for how long one can be president. [Edited 9/8/17 5:07am]

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lol lol I'm sure republicans were saying the same exact thing when Pres. Obama was elected and especially re-elected. lol lol

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I listened to all of it while working at my desk off and on yesterday. I can appreciate the depths of his commentary though. He went far beyond just 2016. Frankly, I'm tired of 2016 talk but this article went a lot deeper than the usual political jargon we hear weekly.

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The last thing I'm looking forward to is Mueller's investigation results, other than that, I'm done.

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Reply #3 posted 09/08/17 8:53am

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Musicslave said:



2elijah said:


Long article, and he made some very good points. It still boggles my mind that those who voted for trump, were aware of his past, his racially-divisive and hateful comments, and they still voted for him. For many of them, their excuse is that others didn't come out and vote, and that's why trump won, but the big question is...why would anyone with a'conscience,' knowing all that was revealed about Trump, would still vote for him? Makes one suspicious of what kind of people those supporters are. With that being said, thank goodness there's a term limit for how long one can be president. [Edited 9/8/17 5:07am]

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lol lol I'm sure republicans were saying the same exact thing when Pres. Obama was elected and especially re-elected. lol lol


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I listened to all of it while working at my desk off and on yesterday. I can appreciate the depths of his commentary though. He went far beyond just 2016. Frankly, I'm tired of 2016 talk but this article went a lot deeper than the usual political jargon we hear weekly.


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The last thing I'm looking forward to is Mueller's investigation results, other than that, I'm done.


Oh definitely, lol. Yes Coates went deep. I wasn't expecting that article to be so long, but enjoyed reading the article.
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Coates sold out.

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