September 15, 2017

‘It’s Impossible to Imagine Trump Without the Force of Whiteness'

Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic:

“The foundation of Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy,” writes Ta-Nehisi Coates in his feature for The Atlantic’s October 2017 issue.

I’ve posted commentary on excerpts from Coates’ forthcoming book, We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy, as published in The Atlantic. Here he is discussing the critical point of the work in audio/video format.

Coates destroys the notion that Mr. Trump was elected solely, or even mainly as a cry of desperation by citizens economically “left behind.” And while he doesn’t rule it out altogether, Coates does wonder at why the “left behind” meme almost always comes packaged as working class whites, as if working class everyone else are still enjoying the fruits of their labor undiminished by automation, offshoring, and corporate downsizing.

Two minutes, 8 seconds. Short enough to listen and go, long enough for Coates to get his idea across. The one thing I like most about his writing is that the ideas are simple, yet folded together into compact, impactful prose. You’ll need to listen closely to this, despite its brevity.

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