In a recent federalist.com article, writer Helen Andrews breaks down the folly that is Ta-Nehisi Coates. In a nutshell, and quite eloquently, Coates in most of his writings for The Atlantic asserts that black Americas problems are a direct result of white people. Yep, white folks. Without being specific, or providing data to support his assertions, Coates represents a growing new breed of black writer that is celebrated for postulations that never get to the source of black folks issues, yet provoke responses as if they did.
I call bullshit.
I like to think of American society as a restaurant. At every table there are individuals, families, neighborhoods, communities, cities, you get the picture. At every table there’s also a menu of choices available that lead to certain circumstances. Now, this restaurant is good. They will bring you whatever you order from this menu and it will be exactly what you ordered, perfectly cooked and seasoned, each and every time. When I think of the problems that have plagued blacks since the end of the Civil Rights movements, and all the money and special privilege that’s been bestowed upon the race, and the political power that’s been gained, and the fact that American blacks are the most prosperous black people on planet Earth, I’ve come to the conclusion that the condition of black America is the exact condition that they ordered. If there’s a fly in black America’s soup, it’s not because of racism, it’s because black folks ordered fly soup.