My latest piece is primarily for the paid subscribers. Warning: it’s nearly 8,000 words–the equivalent of ten 800-word pieces. It’s a rambling but I hope entertaining and insightful look into how we can solve the “race problem” in this country by focusing on our common heritage as Americans rather than on silly differences like skin color. Excerpt:
So on one side you have Coleman Hughes, arguing that we should adopt the oldest tool to fight racism this country has: colorblindness. You have Albert Murray telling us that “the so-called black and so-called white people of the United States resemble nobody else in the world so much as they resemble each other,” and urging us to put aside our obsessions about skin color to focus on our common and shared American heritage of freedom and vibrant culture drawing from black and white (and others) alike. You have Clarence Thomas rejecting the notion that Americans are the “sum of our skin color.”
And on the other side, you have Black@TED whining about how a talk about colorblindness is supposedly racist, and demanding to talk to Coleman Hughes, only to back away when he accepts the challenge. You have the people who put on the woke Fidelio production, putting lines in characters’ mouths like “I see in you a field Negro” spoken to a black prison guard . . . all to the applause of a bunch of self-satisfied white liberal ladies no doubt freshly arrived from a $30,000 talk from a Cornel West or a Kimberle Crenshaw. And we have the Woke Kindergarten fanatics who think this is an appropriate message for kindergarteners trying to find out what 2 + 3 adds up to:
I precede the piece with a quick note in which I note that while the Collision newsletter at The Dispatch issued a good correction in response to my recent criticisms, to the best of my knowledge, the Advisory Opinions podcast has not.