The present darling of the right wing, Dr. Benjamin Carson, is a distinguished neurosurgeon who went from the depths of Detroit poverty to the heights of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. But his current status among conservatives isn’t so much rooted in Carson’s redemptive rise from rags to respectability, as it is in the belief that he is, in the long winter of Obama, the one they’ve been waiting for. (Snip)He then cast himself as a victim of political correctness, besieged by white liberals — “the most racist people there are”
Ta-Nehisi, is the dash silent? But I digress, your published screed is predictable, racist, and boring. I read yesterday McDonald´s is looking for a few educated cashiers. Can I assume (yes I know what assuming gets you) you have a BS degree?
Alinski Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.
Alinsky´s Goal: Bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”
The author perhaps knows what he means to communicate in this unusually discursive column; I do not. I have read it several times. I might even be said to have studied it. The more I examine it, the less I understand it.
Of course he is engaged in the usual and predictable nasty slanders of conservatives, Republicans, and black people who express conservative(American) values. He constantly implies insincere, dishonest and inauthentic motives in all such people. There is no doubt that he despises, distrusts and perhaps even hates such people. All of this we are of course familiar with and used to. It is the usual fare.
But I have no idea what he is talking about when he writes about Dr. Carson wearing the mask. What in the world does this mean? It is sinister and slanderous. It implies deviousness and falsity. It is a serious charge that asserts Dr. Carson is not really who he seems and claims to be. But the writer utterly fails to elaborate or even argue for this strange allegation.
The best I can make of this jumble of thoughts is that in the writer´s mind all conservatives and Republicans are racist, no matter what they say or do that might suggest otherwise, and that all black people who endorse conservative and Republican principles are phonies or dupes. Somehow the very fact that conservatives support a black politician is more proof of their incorrigible racism!
One of the most depressing things about column like this in the NYT is the comments section. I dread to look at it - but it has a horrible fascination, like some ghastly roadside accident to which the eyes are irresistibly drawn.
A perfect twofer article. NYT gets in another shot at Dr. Carson while allowing Ta-Nehisi Coates to continue to work out issues he has with his own father.
According to Wikipedia, Coates was raised in a working-class family in Baltimore, Maryland. His father, William Paul Coates, was a Vietnam veteran and former Black Panther. His mother, Cheryl, was the breadwinner in the family and his father was a stay-at-home dad during Ta-Nehisi´s childhood. Ta-Nehisi´s father had seven children (snip) with four women (snip).
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John c, 4/4/2013 7:41:44 AM (No. 9258630)
i appreciate the back ground coverage of the writer. It´s time we followed up on those who are judgemental of others. They are vicious and the title of professor, writer, newsman, educated no longer has meaning.
Coates was raised in a working-class family in Baltimore, Maryland. His father, William Paul Coates, was a Vietnam veteran and former Black Panther. His mother, Cheryl, was the breadwinner in the family and his father was a stay-at-home dad during Ta-Nehisi´s childhood. Ta-Nehisi´s father had seven children (William, Jr., Jonathan, Damani, Krystle, Menelik, and Ta-Nehisi)  with four women (Linda, Patsy, Sola, and Cheryl).
Coates graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, and he attended Howard University but dropped out to become a journalist. He currently resides in Harlem with his wife and son.
There are very few black conservatives in public life. So, what is amazing to me, is that the white and black power elites feel the need to utterly destroy them when they dare to stray from the liberal orthodoxy. Why don´t they just ignore them since there are only a few? If this doesn´t bespeak of making an example of the slaves that had the audacity to seek their freedom and then had to be made an example of, I don´t know what does.
As a kid growing up in NYC - I had to ´read´ the NY Times - and be able to discuss ´pertinent to the day´ articles with my parents - as a ´condition´ of my allowance...
I really value the education I got bouncing back and forth between NYC and rural SC. The former basically educated me enough to get the hell out of the asylum - and that ´literary´ requirement - taught me to recognize liberal bullsh** when I saw it - and the NY Times epitomizes that description as a rule - rather than an ´exception´.
Bill Cosby (I beleive) once ´waxed lyrical´ about hyphenated racial names. Sadly - they can almost always be attached to failed pompous idiot adults...as in this case.
Coates, I´m sure, believes Johnson´s Great Society was wonderful for blacks. History shows that it enslaves blacks to dependency and subsistence living. He probably also thinks that blacks are better off under Obama´s 4-5 year rule.
After looking at his picture I wish "Hee-see" (my nickname for this housekeeper) would wear he mask. To see Carson attacked by the Obamanoids reminds me what I already know--they are the lowest of human trash.
If a reader is tempted to side with Coates, ask yourself whom would you rather have as a friend if you were having a stroke or heart attack?
He´s the best thing to have come out of Detroit since I´ve lived in Michigan. He should be a case-study for teachers, because of his bad behavior when he was in grade school and high school. Read his biography - he really, really was a kid that many teachers (myself included) would have sent to detention or worse. Yet, he found redemption when he lost his temper with a student and nearly killed the kid.
This is from http://www.biography.com/people/ben-carson-475422? In a final incident, Ben nearly stabbed to death a friend after arguing over a choice of radio stations.
The only thing that prevented a tragic occurrence was the knife blade broke on the friend´s belt buckle. Not knowing the extent of his friend´s injury, Ben ran home and locked himself in the bathroom with a Bible. Terrified by his own actions, he started praying, asking God to help him find a way to deal with his temper. He found salvation in the book of Proverbs in a passage that went, "Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city."
Dr. Ben Carson has never "cast himself as a victim" of anything. His mother didn´t raise him as a victim. That´s why he stands as a leader against those who victimize and an example of how NOT to be a victim.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is, sadly, a shining example of a brain-washed victim of leftist indoctrinization. Perhaps he´s a little, or a lot, jealous of Dr. Carson because he recognizes the difference between Dr. Carson´s independence and his own victimhood, and wants to find some reason to believe Dr. Carson isn´t really the genuine man that he is. Having those blinders removed must be a harsh awakening to just how badly minorities have been used by leftists. Some would rather remain blind than see that.
One of the Comments following this nonsense is: "The word for this is tokenism. When the Republican Party makes token appeals with token spokespeople, it should not be surprised when all it gets in return are token votes. Voters aren´t fooled."
Voters were badly fooled by the worst example of tokenism to totter down the pike in many a moon. And it was not Dr. Ben Carson.
No, Mr. Coates, Dr. Carson has not cast himself as a victim. He stands out precisely because he refuses to play that game.
Dr. Carson is a man of great humility. When he stood before our president and spoke from his heart, the contrast was devastatingly clear. Forget the mask nonsense. We have a president who is nothing but a shell.
You mentioned having been among the young people Dr. Carson has spoken to over the course of his career. You might try to reconnect with him some time. I´m guessing he could still teach you a thing or two.
FTA: Last week, Carson came under attack for comparing advocates of same-sex marriage with advocates of bestiality and the North American Man/Boy Love Association.
I´m so sick of these racist liars. He did NOT compare them. He asked who would be next in asking for the right to marry. Leftists love to parse the language to suit their racist needs, much like what the definition of is is. The attacks on Dr. Carson, who is one of the most upstanding, brilliant African Americans in this country explicitly proves that it is they who are racist because unless you are a radical leftist and march to their orders you will never be considered acceptable in their eyes. It is appalling and disgusting. If a conservative wrote an article similar to this about 0bama the NAACP, Jackson, Sharpton, the Black Caucus and the entire media would be shreiking like banshees for weeks on end 24/7. 0bama is the one who wears a mask. Hiding the true malevolent man that he is.
Any black conservative who will speak out with a clear voice will get instant support, even adolation, from conservative whites. It is because we realize it has become impossible to battle the racialists if you have white skin and that we know it will take someone like Carson to go up against the liberal Democrats, the liberal media, entertainment, and academia.
White skin is too easy of a mark for the Democrats. To break down that barrior it will take a black conservative before blacks will ever listen to the truth and think for themselves. I have a long list of black conservatives I would put ahead if any white political candidate in an election for the sole purpose of fighting the sorry state blacks find themselves in due to their blindness. Evidently blacks are going to follow liberals over the cliff (they may have done so already).
I did manage to read the entire article and I get the feeling that Coates is the type of liberal that firmly believes that is YOU don´t ascribe to the socialist point of view, you are just blind, stupid, not informed, etc. You add your own definitions. That seems to be the prevailing outlook of all Dims I see and hear. Conservatives simply don´t think that way. We believe in freedom, not community living or communes.
So the truth is, Ta whatever, YOU represent, under the auspices of the NY Slimes, the "left-wing"?? You´re admitting it ? That your paper is a left-wing front, a shill, a tool of the present administration, full of lap dogs, state-controlled enemedia leftist talking points agenda? Huh? Is that what you just said?
Well, you simple-minded dolt, we already KNEW that! Those of us who read and post here are so much more intelligent than you will ever be! And you, ya racist dog, prove Dr. Ben´s point, that you and your ilk of liberal lefties are so much more RACIST than any one of us that you always conveniently accuse....you need to go back to school, quit that pimping your type does at newspaper offices like the one you whore for, study something pertinent, and then make a real contribution to our culture, instead of licking the boots of YOUR DARLING, that faker-in-chief, that skinny punk liar Kenyan who hid his birth certificate, hides still his college transcripts ($5 million,remember??) and hides the truth about Libya!!! If you truly were a reporter, those three topics would be worthy of follow-up questions from pukes like you, wouldnt they? Hello? Are you awake??? Answer those questions first before you pee all over a brilliant black neurosurgeon, dumbass!
You guys did it to us, "the right wing", when we criticized The One´s policies -- so fair is fair. This is starting to make Joe The Plumber´s annihilation look tame. But they have a ways to go to beat Gov Palin´s.
The racists are and always have been leftists and Democrats. Skin color is irrelevant, however, I have noticed that a lot of black Democrats don´t really like other blacks too. It is a sick and twisted group of monsters (Democrats that is...). The black Dems who have any influence were promoted by the Democrat Party in the 60s in order to control and keep the rest of the black community down and dependent. They were bought off to sell out their own people!
Dr. Carson is a great guy. But if he ends up running in 2016, it will be Sarah Palin all over again. Both great people, and both cannon fodder for the Left to destroy. I´m weary of it. A memory sticks in my mind forever: Charles Gibson with his glasses down near the tip of his nose looking at Sarah like she was some kind of lab specimen to be analyzed. Too bad no one seemed interested enough to ask Barry what kind of foreign policy experience he had, or what kinds of magazines he read - ala Katie Couric.
BTW, since Mr. Coates claims that Dr. Carson is hiding his real identity behind a mask, tell us this, Coates: provide some provable details to your assertions. What is he hiding? Please, tell us more. Just facts, not innuendo. Let us check up on the eeevil Dr. Carson. Keep it 100% objective. (LOL).
Galesburg,IL--In a week when he tried to focus attention on the struggles of the middle class, President Obama said in an interview that he was worried that years of widening income inequality and the lingering effects of the financial crisis had frayed the country’s social fabric and undermined Americans’ belief in opportunity. (Snip)“If we don’t do anything, then growth will be slower than it should be. Unemployment will not go down as fast as it should. Income inequality will continue to rise,” he said. “That’s not a future that we should accept.”
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