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From The Atlantic:

The First White President

TA-NEHISI COATES

… But whereas his forebears carried whiteness like an ancestral talisman, Trump cracked the glowing amulet open, releasing its eldritch energies.

That has to be the whitest sentence anybody not named Tolkien or Lovecraft ever wrote. From The Atlantic in 2013:

Growing Up in the Caves of Chaos

TA-NEHISI COATES JAN 11, 2013

I think I was seven when I started playing Dungeons & Dragons, though that feels like too young.

No wonder the other black youths used to beat up poor little Ta-Nehisi for acting white, leaving him permanently traumatized …

 
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  1. bgates says:

    Editor’s Note: Mr Coates originally intended this essay to be a treatment for his “Black Panther / World of Wakanda” series for Marvel Comics and sent it to us by mistake. But we figured if it’s good enough for Marvel – and good enough for Mr Ta-Nehisi Coates! – it’s good enough for us.

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    • Replies: @Neoconned
    There's a d&d group at my card shop i hang out at. Its all white save one black guy.

    I think I'd feel safe around Coates. His gay probably flames hotter than tje sun
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  2. USC70 says:

    OMG… I tried multiple times to get through that “essay”. His writing is so atrocious I struggled to really comprehend what he was saying except for white people bad.

    Anyone who says they read that whole article word for word (no skimming)… is lying.

    Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences.

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    • Replies: @Vinteuil
    "Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences."

    Well, because they want to sound smart, and that's how they think they can do it.

    It's really hard to convince one's students that they ought to write as *simply* as possible. God knows - I've been trying, and mostly failing, for many years, now.
    , @Chinstroking.Tyrekicker

    Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences.
     
    Sagacious wordsmithery perturbs thee?

    Ima gonna drizzle some locquacious persipicacity all over your face.

    mon deux le pube!
    , @guest
    "Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences"

    Because they think that's the way it works. They haven't been taught rhetoric, nor the fundamentals of prose writings either, possibly.

    Blacks suffer particularly from the thesaurus disease. I don't know why. Literary bling? It probably plays to their strength, which is improvisation. If you don't have to think of proper word usage, you're free to "spit" your writing closer to the speed of thought.

    White nerds and hipsters are prone to reference-itis. Tennessee Coates has some white nerd in him. (He's hip by virtue of being black. Even blerds* are hip in the correct surroundings. Carlton Banks would be Miles Davis in Branson Missouri, for instance.)

    *Black nerds.

    , @anonymous
    "White people bad" is all ye need know.
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  3. AndrewR says:

    He writes so pretentiously to disguise his utter pack of critical thinking ability. And of course he is 100% projecting about Trump winning for being white. A white person with an intellect as mediocre as Coates’ would be lucky to get a column in a free small-town newspaper.

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  4. I’m confused is it a talisman or an amulet? Or can an amulet be a talisman?

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    • Replies: @Colleen Pater
    an amulet is a talisman but a talisman can have magic beyond general or specific protection of an amulet.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    I’m confused is it a talisman or an amulet? Or can an amulet be a talisman?
     
    Hey, Mista Talisman, tally me bananas...
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  5. Wasn’t Tiger Woods or his father named Eldritch?

    And don’t forget the Beav’s uncle, Eldritch Cleaver.

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    • Replies: @Barnard
    It was Eldrick, although I think he did legally have changed go Tiger after Earl died. Based on the Wikipedia entry, it sounds like his mom had more to do with the name than his dad though.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Woods
    , @Cloud of Probable Matricide
    And let us not forget Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone - the whitest of fantasy heroes, an albino.
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  6. It’s clear:

    People who are called white are carrying amulets of whiteness within their invisible knapsacks. Those amulets passively give off an aura of microaggresive energy that disturbs the vibrations of vibrant Black Bodies. Sometimes people who are called white unzip their invisible knapsacks (it can be so hard to find the invisible zipper!), retrieve their amulets of whiteness & crack them open, which releases their eldritch energies in a highly focused macroaggresive wave that zaps Black Bodies.

    And you ignorant fools thought it was just about people nudging other people on escalators! That’s surface-level stuff!

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    • Replies: @sayless
    Got macro-aggressed and pushed around on the subway this afternoon by a Black Body, which I couldn't Shatter because I forgot to take my Amulet, I mean my Talisman, to work with me today. Dang.
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  7. Barnard says:
    @Reg Cæsar
    Wasn't Tiger Woods or his father named Eldritch?

    And don't forget the Beav's uncle, Eldritch Cleaver.

    It was Eldrick, although I think he did legally have changed go Tiger after Earl died. Based on the Wikipedia entry, it sounds like his mom had more to do with the name than his dad though.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Woods

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  8. White Core Americans are gaining strength and power. The Democrats are led by evil White geezers such as Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. The Democrat Party is the political party of the Black Lives Matter mob.

    Ta-Nehisi Coates senses the overwhelming animating power of White Core America. Mr. Coates knows Blacks are incapable of leading the anti-White forces in the upcoming Civil War II. The Jews, Asians and Mestizos won’t even let the Blacks on the bus, let alone worry about where they are going to sit.

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  9. guest says:

    “The First White President”

    Unlike Trump, previous presidents ruled over a nation that literally enslaved other races. If that’s not unleashing the eldritch energies of whiteness, I don’t know what is.

    Of course, they may not have done so in the name of whiteness explicitly, but neither is Trump.

    By the way, can you tell how afraid they are of white identity politics? It hasn’t even happened yet, and it’s already the greatest threat to World Order.

    “In its house at R’lyeh, dead Whiteness waits dreaming.”

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    • Replies: @Cloud of Probable Matricide
    Given my byline, I should be able to spell "Cthulhu" ...

    I think I have to disagree with Tennessee Coates, surely Moldbug was right when he said, "Cthulhu always swims left." And Mr Trump seems decidedly nonLovecraftian to me.
    , @CCZ
    Previous presidents (with 1 noted exception) apparently used the "bloody heirloom" known as "the passive power of whiteness."

    "It is insufficient to state the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness—that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but can conjure a tailwind for most of them. ... No such elegant detachment can be attributed to Donald Trump—a president who, more than any other, has made the awful inheritance explicit." TNC
     
    The "passive power of whiteness" means that I don't need bleach.
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  10. That has to be the whitest sentence anybody not named “Tolkien” ever wrote.

    I have to disagree. It strikes me as a fairly typical example of black “public intellectual” gobbledygook.

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    Really? Who else would use coded nerd-speak?
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  11. AndrewR says:

    Slightly OT:

    Airbnb vows to keep employing aliens after their work visas expire. Someone please tell me the government can shut them down and seize their assets now.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/07/silicon-valley-executives-dreamers-daca-trump

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    It makes me dream about Brian Shiznat being frogmarched into the paddy wagon on live camera.
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  12. @415 reasons
    I'm confused is it a talisman or an amulet? Or can an amulet be a talisman?

    an amulet is a talisman but a talisman can have magic beyond general or specific protection of an amulet.

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    • Replies: @Lot
    "Amulet is to Talisman as Eagle is to ..." type questions were dropped from SAT-V for having especially large racial disparities.
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  13. Afterwards Jim said the witches bewitched him and put him in a trance, and rode him all over the State, and then set him under the trees again, and hung his hat on a limb to show who done it. And next time Jim told it he said they rode him down to New Orleans; and, after that, every time he told it he spread it more and more, till by and by he said they rode him all over the world, and tired him most to death, and his back was all over saddle-boils. Jim was monstrous proud about it …

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    I dont think negroes even have to take tests anymore
    , @Laugh Track

    Afterwards Jim said the witches bewitched him and put him in a trance, and rode him all over the State, and then set him under the trees again, and hung his hat on a limb to show who done it. And next time Jim told it he said they rode him down to New Orleans; and, after that, every time he told it he spread it more and more, till by and by he said they rode him all over the world, and tired him most to death, and his back was all over saddle-boils. Jim was monstrous proud about it …
     
    Probably one reason that Huck Finn is increasingly non-PC for high school reading. Were Mark Twain on Facebook or Twitter at present, he'd be banned and kicked off post haste.
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  14. The funny thing about Coates’s article is his presumption that ex-President Barry has a legacy–perhaps he likes Obama’s race hustling. Anyway, identity politics is dead, and it’s likely Coates will be out of a job once the publisher realizes that his white audience doesn’t read the genius in residence. His 15 minutes are up.

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    "His 15 minutes are up."

    Promise?
    , @Broski
    "Anyway, identity politics is dead . . ."

    Oh, I don't think that's quite right. Identity politics is just getting started. But not in the way its practitioners of the past 70 years had hoped.
    , @guest
    "identity politics is dead"

    This brings to mind Al Pacino's big scene in Scent of a Woman. Imagine instead of Lt. Col. Frank Slade (Army, retired) he's playing the role of identity politics.

    "Are you finished, Mr. Identity Politics?"
    "No, I'm just gettin' warmed up."
    , @AnotherDad

    Anyway, identity politics is dead ...
     
    LOL
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  15. Yan Shen says:

    Well I’m uh too lazy to read through the entire article written by the black John Derbyshire. But just two random thoughts.

    First, I stated before on this blog that in some sense Trump is the first East Asian president! Mr. Coates actually has it wrong. Trump’s nationalist sentiments are very much in line with many of the leaders of East Asia. It’s no surprise that for instance while he has a rocky relationship with numerous Western world leaders, he and Shinzo Abe are surprisingly buddy buddy.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/world/asia/japan-trump-north-korea-abe.html?mcubz=1

    President Trump has made some rocky telephone calls to other heads of state in his seven and a half months in office. But he can always count on one world leader for a good chat: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

    Ever since the pair met in November at Trump Tower in New York just days after the presidential election, they have had a warm relationship that goes well beyond the typical partnership between two longstanding allies.

    “It is very unusual,” said Mitoji Yabunaka, a longtime diplomat and former vice minister at Japan’s Foreign Ministry. “It did not happen that way in the past.”

    Since Mr. Trump was inaugurated in January, he and Mr. Abe have met in person three times, golfed together once and talked by telephone 13 times, more than Mr. Abe spoke to President Barack Obama in his last four years in office. Over the past week alone, Mr. Abe and Mr. Trump have spoken by telephone four times.

    “The president responds to Abe as a buddy and a friend,” said Sheila A. Smith, a Japan expert at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. “And Abe has worked hard to cultivate that kind of relationship with him.”

    Second, has the black John Derbyshire ever written anything not related to being explicitly black? I seem to recall the uh white Ta-Nehisi Coates calling him out on this point…

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    • Replies: @Vinteuil
    stopped reading at "uh."

    I mean, seriously, you surprising man - what are you signalling, and to whom are you signalling?
    , @SimpleSong
    There are a lot of parallels between the alt-right's general outlook and Confucianism. They are both fundamentally pragmatic and realistic about the nature of the world. Steve Bannon's instincts on how to handle a particular situation are probably closer to those of Lee Kuan Yew than any westerner.

    I mean this as a compliment to both parties. I'm a white southerner, btw.
    , @Chrisnonymous

    Since Mr. Trump was inaugurated in January, he and Mr. Abe have... talked by telephone 13 times, more than Mr. Abe spoke to President Barack Obama in his last four years in office.
     
    The irony of your comments is that Abe probably has more in common with John Derbyshire than with you.
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  16. Vinteuil says:
    @USC70
    OMG... I tried multiple times to get through that "essay". His writing is so atrocious I struggled to really comprehend what he was saying except for white people bad.

    Anyone who says they read that whole article word for word (no skimming)... is lying.

    Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences.

    “Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences.”

    Well, because they want to sound smart, and that’s how they think they can do it.

    It’s really hard to convince one’s students that they ought to write as *simply* as possible. God knows – I’ve been trying, and mostly failing, for many years, now.

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    • Replies: @USC70
    No kidding, the best writing instruction in the world is in the USAF. They teach format essays, and stress simple direct sentences.

    Was invaluable to me now when I write technical reports for customers.

    , @Bubba
    Thank you for doing the Lord's work! I just wonder when school administrators will get rid of writing requirements like they are doing with algebra. It will be a Snapchat/Tumblr world and glad I won't be part of it.
    , @guest
    Maybe they take "simply" the wrong way. I say prose oughtta be as clear and precise as possible. My advice to anyone who asks (few do) would be to to work out as elaborately as possible what you want to say before you write it, or write out the thoughts stumbling to get through your thought-door but re-read them when you're done--out loud preferably--and cross out what doesn't get your point across.

    Don't write to sound like you're smart. Even if one's ideas are stupid, they'd write better than 99% of people by getting their ideas out as clearly as possible.

    I'm not a teacher, so I don't know if this advice would help anyone.
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  17. @Reg Cæsar
    Wasn't Tiger Woods or his father named Eldritch?

    And don't forget the Beav's uncle, Eldritch Cleaver.

    And let us not forget Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melnibone – the whitest of fantasy heroes, an albino.

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  18. Wazoo says:

    Coates’ racism and self-loathing fairly jumps off the page. The Atlantic should be ashamed of itself for publishing this doggerel.

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  19. @guest
    "The First White President"

    Unlike Trump, previous presidents ruled over a nation that literally enslaved other races. If that's not unleashing the eldritch energies of whiteness, I don't know what is.

    Of course, they may not have done so in the name of whiteness explicitly, but neither is Trump.

    By the way, can you tell how afraid they are of white identity politics? It hasn't even happened yet, and it's already the greatest threat to World Order.

    "In its house at R'lyeh, dead Whiteness waits dreaming."

    Given my byline, I should be able to spell “Cthulhu” …

    I think I have to disagree with Tennessee Coates, surely Moldbug was right when he said, “Cthulhu always swims left.” And Mr Trump seems decidedly nonLovecraftian to me.

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    "Cthulhu always swims left"

    Which way does Leviathan swim, then? I think Moldbug was a Hobbes fan.
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  20. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Well, at least Coates isn’t so culturally myopic as to speak of, say, “the gris-gris wielded by shamans the color of sun-bleached bones”, or to always harp on the voodoo spells of “implicit bias” and “systemic racism”.

    He took the time to know white people’s witchcraft better than white people do.

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    the gris-gris wielded by shamans the color of sun-bleached bones

    He took the time to know white people’s witchcraft better than white people do.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh_Tx2e9GuM
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  21. Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences.

    You’re looking at it the wrong way. African-Americans tend to love marginally intelligible overblown rhetoric. People like Coates who mine that vein are trying to sound all preacher-y and cool.

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    • Agree: Clyde
    • Replies: @Achilles

    African-Americans tend to love marginally intelligible overblown rhetoric.
     
    I'd be surprised if significant numbers of African-Americans actually read his stuff. Maybe as a classroom assignment, and perhaps not even then.

    I'm sure Tennessee Coates understands his role as black minstrel-writer pumping out verbiage as grist for the anti-white jihad mills of the left/liberal Jews and other urban coalition-de-fringy types who run the media and publishing world.

    I would guess he's in it mainly for the money, using his writing to earn enough for his dream semi-retirement to a cottage in the Cotswolds or perhaps the Lake Country where he will raise pure-bred sheep and write his own new tales of the Once and Future King, Arthur of the Britons.
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  22. I guess that’s his zodiac animal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coati aka coatimundi. However, “coatis [...] have a reputation for intelligence, ” so that doesn’t fit, but then, they feed on “tarantulas,” “fruit,” “lizards,” and “rodents,” so maybe.

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    Didn't Paris Hilton or one of those other rich famous goofballs have one as a pet, until it attacked her?
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  23. Vinteuil says:
    @Yan Shen
    Well I'm uh too lazy to read through the entire article written by the black John Derbyshire. But just two random thoughts.

    First, I stated before on this blog that in some sense Trump is the first East Asian president! Mr. Coates actually has it wrong. Trump's nationalist sentiments are very much in line with many of the leaders of East Asia. It's no surprise that for instance while he has a rocky relationship with numerous Western world leaders, he and Shinzo Abe are surprisingly buddy buddy.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/world/asia/japan-trump-north-korea-abe.html?mcubz=1


    President Trump has made some rocky telephone calls to other heads of state in his seven and a half months in office. But he can always count on one world leader for a good chat: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

    Ever since the pair met in November at Trump Tower in New York just days after the presidential election, they have had a warm relationship that goes well beyond the typical partnership between two longstanding allies.

    “It is very unusual,” said Mitoji Yabunaka, a longtime diplomat and former vice minister at Japan’s Foreign Ministry. “It did not happen that way in the past.”

    Since Mr. Trump was inaugurated in January, he and Mr. Abe have met in person three times, golfed together once and talked by telephone 13 times, more than Mr. Abe spoke to President Barack Obama in his last four years in office. Over the past week alone, Mr. Abe and Mr. Trump have spoken by telephone four times.

    “The president responds to Abe as a buddy and a friend,” said Sheila A. Smith, a Japan expert at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. “And Abe has worked hard to cultivate that kind of relationship with him.”
     

    Second, has the black John Derbyshire ever written anything not related to being explicitly black? I seem to recall the uh white Ta-Nehisi Coates calling him out on this point...

    stopped reading at “uh.”

    I mean, seriously, you surprising man – what are you signalling, and to whom are you signalling?

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  24. sayless says:
    @Mikey Darmody
    It's clear:

    People who are called white are carrying amulets of whiteness within their invisible knapsacks. Those amulets passively give off an aura of microaggresive energy that disturbs the vibrations of vibrant Black Bodies. Sometimes people who are called white unzip their invisible knapsacks (it can be so hard to find the invisible zipper!), retrieve their amulets of whiteness & crack them open, which releases their eldritch energies in a highly focused macroaggresive wave that zaps Black Bodies.

    And you ignorant fools thought it was just about people nudging other people on escalators! That's surface-level stuff!

    Got macro-aggressed and pushed around on the subway this afternoon by a Black Body, which I couldn’t Shatter because I forgot to take my Amulet, I mean my Talisman, to work with me today. Dang.

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  25. CCZ says:
    @guest
    "The First White President"

    Unlike Trump, previous presidents ruled over a nation that literally enslaved other races. If that's not unleashing the eldritch energies of whiteness, I don't know what is.

    Of course, they may not have done so in the name of whiteness explicitly, but neither is Trump.

    By the way, can you tell how afraid they are of white identity politics? It hasn't even happened yet, and it's already the greatest threat to World Order.

    "In its house at R'lyeh, dead Whiteness waits dreaming."

    Previous presidents (with 1 noted exception) apparently used the “bloody heirloom” known as “the passive power of whiteness.”

    “It is insufficient to state the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness—that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but can conjure a tailwind for most of them. … No such elegant detachment can be attributed to Donald Trump—a president who, more than any other, has made the awful inheritance explicit.” TNC

    The “passive power of whiteness” means that I don’t need bleach.

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    New Cheer with Color Guard passively whitens what you believe are whites while keeping your of colors bright and true!

    http://www.dontscrapit.com/Nevada-/Construction-/Colorguard-cheer-laundry-detergent-pgc-42285-partpic.jpg
    , @Opinionator
    This stuff is genocidal. But I suppose that one response is mockery.
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  26. @Yan Shen
    Well I'm uh too lazy to read through the entire article written by the black John Derbyshire. But just two random thoughts.

    First, I stated before on this blog that in some sense Trump is the first East Asian president! Mr. Coates actually has it wrong. Trump's nationalist sentiments are very much in line with many of the leaders of East Asia. It's no surprise that for instance while he has a rocky relationship with numerous Western world leaders, he and Shinzo Abe are surprisingly buddy buddy.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/world/asia/japan-trump-north-korea-abe.html?mcubz=1


    President Trump has made some rocky telephone calls to other heads of state in his seven and a half months in office. But he can always count on one world leader for a good chat: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

    Ever since the pair met in November at Trump Tower in New York just days after the presidential election, they have had a warm relationship that goes well beyond the typical partnership between two longstanding allies.

    “It is very unusual,” said Mitoji Yabunaka, a longtime diplomat and former vice minister at Japan’s Foreign Ministry. “It did not happen that way in the past.”

    Since Mr. Trump was inaugurated in January, he and Mr. Abe have met in person three times, golfed together once and talked by telephone 13 times, more than Mr. Abe spoke to President Barack Obama in his last four years in office. Over the past week alone, Mr. Abe and Mr. Trump have spoken by telephone four times.

    “The president responds to Abe as a buddy and a friend,” said Sheila A. Smith, a Japan expert at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. “And Abe has worked hard to cultivate that kind of relationship with him.”
     

    Second, has the black John Derbyshire ever written anything not related to being explicitly black? I seem to recall the uh white Ta-Nehisi Coates calling him out on this point...

    There are a lot of parallels between the alt-right’s general outlook and Confucianism. They are both fundamentally pragmatic and realistic about the nature of the world. Steve Bannon’s instincts on how to handle a particular situation are probably closer to those of Lee Kuan Yew than any westerner.

    I mean this as a compliment to both parties. I’m a white southerner, btw.

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    We could use an LKY here. Well, except the immigration on steroids part. Though his immigration was overwhelmingly his own Chinese brethren, kind of like as if we were importing lots of Brits and Germans.

    And they had more sensible policies, like immigration based on needs, and not allowing lower class immigrants to become citizens or stay long term in the country.
    , @Kylie
    Does your username refer to the Lyle Lovett song?
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  27. Anon87 says:

    This stygian prose reminded me more of Robert E. Howard, of Conan fame.

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  28. USC70 says:
    @Vinteuil
    "Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences."

    Well, because they want to sound smart, and that's how they think they can do it.

    It's really hard to convince one's students that they ought to write as *simply* as possible. God knows - I've been trying, and mostly failing, for many years, now.

    No kidding, the best writing instruction in the world is in the USAF. They teach format essays, and stress simple direct sentences.

    Was invaluable to me now when I write technical reports for customers.

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    The USAF through its auxiliary the Civil Air Patrol used to teach the same material to the kids who were part of it. The CAF cadets tended to do very well in English classes after that. None of the teachers seemed interested in why, however.
    , @Opinionator
    What is a "format essay"?
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  29. sayless says:
    @Meretricious
    The funny thing about Coates's article is his presumption that ex-President Barry has a legacy--perhaps he likes Obama's race hustling. Anyway, identity politics is dead, and it's likely Coates will be out of a job once the publisher realizes that his white audience doesn't read the genius in residence. His 15 minutes are up.

    “His 15 minutes are up.”

    Promise?

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    I just think Coates, like affirmative action Barry Obama, is boring high-IQ whites, and I'm sure the execs at the Atlantic realize this. News of the article was even mocked by white liberals on Facebook
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  30. Bubba says:
    @Vinteuil
    "Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences."

    Well, because they want to sound smart, and that's how they think they can do it.

    It's really hard to convince one's students that they ought to write as *simply* as possible. God knows - I've been trying, and mostly failing, for many years, now.

    Thank you for doing the Lord’s work! I just wonder when school administrators will get rid of writing requirements like they are doing with algebra. It will be a Snapchat/Tumblr world and glad I won’t be part of it.

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  31. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Shouldn’t it be the First President who believes he’s white, with a talisman he stole from blacks in a red lining scam during the New Deal?

    Sheesh, TNC, at least be consistent with your bullsh*t.

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  32. I half expect Coates to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for his run on the Black Panther comic book at this point.

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  33. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @SimpleSong
    There are a lot of parallels between the alt-right's general outlook and Confucianism. They are both fundamentally pragmatic and realistic about the nature of the world. Steve Bannon's instincts on how to handle a particular situation are probably closer to those of Lee Kuan Yew than any westerner.

    I mean this as a compliment to both parties. I'm a white southerner, btw.

    We could use an LKY here. Well, except the immigration on steroids part. Though his immigration was overwhelmingly his own Chinese brethren, kind of like as if we were importing lots of Brits and Germans.

    And they had more sensible policies, like immigration based on needs, and not allowing lower class immigrants to become citizens or stay long term in the country.

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  34. Bubba says:

    Ta-Nehisi seems to be the leader of a literary cargo cult with elitist white people publishing his laughable word salads as a form of childish primitive art.

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  35. Rod1963 says:

    Maybe his initials ought to be THC

    Because he comes off like a lodo who did way too much pot for his own good.

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  36. @Clark Westwood

    That has to be the whitest sentence anybody not named “Tolkien” ever wrote.
     
    I have to disagree. It strikes me as a fairly typical example of black "public intellectual" gobbledygook.

    Really? Who else would use coded nerd-speak?

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    Who else would use coded nerd-speak?
     
    The fact that a magpie will put a brass button in its nest doesn't mean it knows how to sew.
    , @Autochthon
    Is your profession that Tolkien and Lovecraft used "coded nerd-speak" or that ostensibly educated Negroes like Oswald Bates babble in this way?

    If the former, I disagree, if the latter, I wholeheartedly agree.

    If the latter, I refute that, e.g., "Begone, foul dwinmerlaik, lord of carrion! Leave the dead in peace!" is the work of a master of the English language (and several others, come to that), who knows the world he wishes to present and the experience he wishes to create for his readers is served much better thus than by sentences such as "Get out if here, nasty demon and eater of dead stuff! Leave my uncle's body alone!" The latter immediately deflates the diegesis like a popped baloon, destroying suspension of disbelief and invoking a sense of incongruous and anachronistic discomfort in any reader.

    This kind of writing is not "coded nerd-speak" but rather careful, purposeful craft. Likewise, Tolkien's nonfiction writing has none of the babbling polysyllablism for its own sake which marks the drivel of Oswald Bates and Tennessee Coats; he discussed complex and abstract ideas quite clearly:

    The incarnate mind, the tongue, and the tale are in our world coeval. The human mind, endowed with the powers of generalization and abstraction, sees not only green-grass, discriminating it from other things . . . but sees that it is green as well as being grass. But how powerful, how stimulating to the very faculty that produced it, was the invention of the adjective: no spell or incantation in Faerie is more potent. And that is not surprising: such incantations might indeed be said to be only another view of adjectives, a part of speech in a mythical grammar. The mind that thought of light, heavy, grey, yellow, still, swift, also conceived of magic that would make heavy things light and able to fly, turn grey lead into yellow gold, and the still rock into swift water.
     
    Pretty concise writing if you ask me – glacial clarity when compared to the obfuscatory nonsense from Tennessee and company.
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  37. Lot says:
    @Colleen Pater
    an amulet is a talisman but a talisman can have magic beyond general or specific protection of an amulet.

    “Amulet is to Talisman as Eagle is to …” type questions were dropped from SAT-V for having especially large racial disparities.

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  38. Lot says:
    @CCZ
    Previous presidents (with 1 noted exception) apparently used the "bloody heirloom" known as "the passive power of whiteness."

    "It is insufficient to state the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness—that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but can conjure a tailwind for most of them. ... No such elegant detachment can be attributed to Donald Trump—a president who, more than any other, has made the awful inheritance explicit." TNC
     
    The "passive power of whiteness" means that I don't need bleach.

    New Cheer with Color Guard passively whitens what you believe are whites while keeping your of colors bright and true!

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  39. Broski says:
    @Meretricious
    The funny thing about Coates's article is his presumption that ex-President Barry has a legacy--perhaps he likes Obama's race hustling. Anyway, identity politics is dead, and it's likely Coates will be out of a job once the publisher realizes that his white audience doesn't read the genius in residence. His 15 minutes are up.

    “Anyway, identity politics is dead . . .”

    Oh, I don’t think that’s quite right. Identity politics is just getting started. But not in the way its practitioners of the past 70 years had hoped.

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  40. inertial says:

    Here is the official photo of Trump releasing eldritch energies of whiteness. The Donald was thinner and blonder back then.

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    Maybe young Tallahassee Coates saw this video featuring a pale, wraithlike Andrew Eldritch of The Sisters of Mercy and it spooked him for life:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg9buWTwCcI

    YouTube commenter Ryan L Abato (on a different upload):

    A gothic band named The Sisters Of Mercy will be shooting a video for their song in our factory today. So if you see a 90 pound pale man prancing around as if he's making a list for the gas chamber, pay no mind. Business as usual. Also, Friday is suspenders day.
     
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  41. @sayless
    "His 15 minutes are up."

    Promise?

    I just think Coates, like affirmative action Barry Obama, is boring high-IQ whites, and I’m sure the execs at the Atlantic realize this. News of the article was even mocked by white liberals on Facebook

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    Coates is boring high-IQ whites

    Manalive, I hope you're right. The Atlantic is embarrassing itself.
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  42. G Pinfold says:
    1997854

    It should be said, though, that this is some of TN’s clearest prose.

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  43. Until Monsieur Coates starts allowing comments, his articles won’t get a viewing from me.

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    I must say, this really is a noticeable difference between Left Wing Politics Internet and (non-mainstream) Right Wing Politics Internet. On leftist sites, writers rarely link to pieces by right-wing authors that they disagree with so the reader can judge their argument independently, comments are often censored on ideological grounds, no-platforming their opponents is a real topic of debate, etc.

    But no matter how extreme, you really never see right wing outlets doing that. Like, if Steve Sailer criticizes TNC, he'll always link to and quote TNC, because he isn't worried that his argument is worse on the merits. Or the Daily Stormer doesn't, as far as I'm aware, feel the need to censor left-wing commenters who disagree with its editorial line.
    , @Ed
    When he used to deign to allow comments he got me blocked from the Atlantic. I had to create a new profile.
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  44. Achilles says:
    @Clark Westwood

    Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences.
     
    You're looking at it the wrong way. African-Americans tend to love marginally intelligible overblown rhetoric. People like Coates who mine that vein are trying to sound all preacher-y and cool.

    African-Americans tend to love marginally intelligible overblown rhetoric.

    I’d be surprised if significant numbers of African-Americans actually read his stuff. Maybe as a classroom assignment, and perhaps not even then.

    I’m sure Tennessee Coates understands his role as black minstrel-writer pumping out verbiage as grist for the anti-white jihad mills of the left/liberal Jews and other urban coalition-de-fringy types who run the media and publishing world.

    I would guess he’s in it mainly for the money, using his writing to earn enough for his dream semi-retirement to a cottage in the Cotswolds or perhaps the Lake Country where he will raise pure-bred sheep and write his own new tales of the Once and Future King, Arthur of the Britons.

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    nailed it.
    , @Kylie
    I agree that Genius T. Coates doesn't have much of a black readership (a phrase which, frankly, I consider oxymoronic).

    But I disagree that he understands his role as a black minstrel-writer. It always amazes me that you and the other bright commenters here just don't understand blacks and leftists. They take all this crap and themselves very seriously. They lack irony, humor, and self-awareness. They are True Believers. It's all about the feelz because ultimately, it's all about them. All the time. They are narcissists.

    No offense meant. I honestly think you all are too bright and too lacking in narcissistic tendencies to understand these people whereas I was raised by a narcissist. Nothing they say or do surprises me.
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  45. Arclight says:

    TNC is virtually unreadable – he has one big idea and has less and less runway to spin it in a new way. He can’t write a single piece without including the words “plunder” or “bodies” and all he can do is present the largest single group of people in this country as evil.

    I think a lot of this is just masking his fear/belief that his particular group is not so far behind everyone else because of the effects of slavery and discrimination, but because of real and virtually impossible to remedy shortcomings.

    In fact in an interview some years ago he said something to the effect that basically his people have been losing for so long – from the time his ancestors were captured and sold into slavery by stronger African tribes until the present – that he essentially has to believe that they have been the victims of forces actively trying to keep them down, because the alternative is simply that they truly are inferior to everyone who has done better, and he cannot accept that.

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    I think a lot of this is just masking his fear/belief that his particular group is not so far behind everyone else because of the effects of slavery and discrimination, but because of real and virtually impossible to remedy shortcomings.
     
    100 years ago, one of the 'talented tenth' of negros was lamenting they were so far behind whites, it would take a 1000 years for them to catch up.

    But 'muh dick' among the slave owners spreading white genes has seriously shortened that estimate.

    But not eliminating it.
    , @MEH 0910
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/these-crime-misery-graphs-dont-imply-what-ta-nehisi-coates-says-they-imply/

    https://www.vox.com/2015/9/15/9329727/tanehisi-coates-incarceration-racism

    I think it’s a lot easier to talk about individual behaviors, to just say that if people would act better it would all be okay.

    To me, that logic leads to racism. And let me try to make that plain for you, so I'm not being extreme. If you say the problem in the African-American community is a lack of individual responsibility, you’re talking about 40 million people. If you’re saying there’s less responsibility among those people, well, why would that be? And you say, a culture has developed in the last 30 or 40 years. But the problem is the crime rates have been higher in the black community at least since the time we came out of slavery. Was something wrong with the culture of those people, too?

    It quickly and easily leads to the idea that something must just be wrong with those people. And I just reject that. I guess I have to reject that.
     
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  46. @Nigerian Nationalist
    Until Monsieur Coates starts allowing comments, his articles won't get a viewing from me.

    I must say, this really is a noticeable difference between Left Wing Politics Internet and (non-mainstream) Right Wing Politics Internet. On leftist sites, writers rarely link to pieces by right-wing authors that they disagree with so the reader can judge their argument independently, comments are often censored on ideological grounds, no-platforming their opponents is a real topic of debate, etc.

    But no matter how extreme, you really never see right wing outlets doing that. Like, if Steve Sailer criticizes TNC, he’ll always link to and quote TNC, because he isn’t worried that his argument is worse on the merits. Or the Daily Stormer doesn’t, as far as I’m aware, feel the need to censor left-wing commenters who disagree with its editorial line.

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  47. Neoconned says:
    @bgates
    Editor's Note: Mr Coates originally intended this essay to be a treatment for his "Black Panther / World of Wakanda" series for Marvel Comics and sent it to us by mistake. But we figured if it's good enough for Marvel - and good enough for Mr Ta-Nehisi Coates! - it's good enough for us.

    There’s a d&d group at my card shop i hang out at. Its all white save one black guy.

    I think I’d feel safe around Coates. His gay probably flames hotter than tje sun

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    I think I'd feel safe around Coates. His gay probably flames

    Agree. Also, he's dumber than a hen.
    , @Anonymous
    Depends on how you define safe. Hate to be around a guy like that if you got a bit too drunk and passed out...
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  48. eah says:

    But you said this ‘war’ — assuming this article is an example of the ‘war’ you were talking about — wasn’t about race:

    Sailer in Taki’s: “This is Class War Disguised as Race War”

    So I’m confused.

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    ACT Score Gaps: "We Didn't Know It Was This Bad"

    The 'gaps' are in averages between racial/ethnic groups -- these lead to similar differences in income and wealth, which is in large part what this 'war' is about -- so in the end, how can the 'war' not be about race/ethnicity?
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  49. @USC70
    OMG... I tried multiple times to get through that "essay". His writing is so atrocious I struggled to really comprehend what he was saying except for white people bad.

    Anyone who says they read that whole article word for word (no skimming)... is lying.

    Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences.

    Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences.

    Sagacious wordsmithery perturbs thee?

    Ima gonna drizzle some locquacious persipicacity all over your face.

    mon deux le pube!

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  50. KenH says:

    Not surprisingly there’s many white loony libtards and blacks who hang on every one of Ta-Nehisi’s written words and utterances as if they’re golden nuggets. Ta-Nehisi man got so sick of American whiteness that he ran off for white France. I guess the eldritch energies of their whiteness amulets are more benign than those in America now that Trump has cracked ours wide open.

    He and countless other colored bloviators constantly bemoan and decry whites but refuse to live among non-whites in majority non-white nations.

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  51. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Exhibit A of a double digit IQ in action.

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  52. Kylie says:
    @SimpleSong
    There are a lot of parallels between the alt-right's general outlook and Confucianism. They are both fundamentally pragmatic and realistic about the nature of the world. Steve Bannon's instincts on how to handle a particular situation are probably closer to those of Lee Kuan Yew than any westerner.

    I mean this as a compliment to both parties. I'm a white southerner, btw.

    Does your username refer to the Lyle Lovett song?

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  53. sayless says:
    @Meretricious
    I just think Coates, like affirmative action Barry Obama, is boring high-IQ whites, and I'm sure the execs at the Atlantic realize this. News of the article was even mocked by white liberals on Facebook

    Coates is boring high-IQ whites

    Manalive, I hope you’re right. The Atlantic is embarrassing itself.

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    IQ, regrettably, has nothing to do with it. If anything the correlation is negative.
    , @sayless
    Coates is boring high-IQ whites

    And it's even worse than that. He's making high-IQ whites laugh.
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  54. @Achilles

    African-Americans tend to love marginally intelligible overblown rhetoric.
     
    I'd be surprised if significant numbers of African-Americans actually read his stuff. Maybe as a classroom assignment, and perhaps not even then.

    I'm sure Tennessee Coates understands his role as black minstrel-writer pumping out verbiage as grist for the anti-white jihad mills of the left/liberal Jews and other urban coalition-de-fringy types who run the media and publishing world.

    I would guess he's in it mainly for the money, using his writing to earn enough for his dream semi-retirement to a cottage in the Cotswolds or perhaps the Lake Country where he will raise pure-bred sheep and write his own new tales of the Once and Future King, Arthur of the Britons.

    nailed it.

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  55. On the CTA train on Chicago, I heard a Black woman telling a Black male stranger that she had read an article by THC on how he supported reparations; I would have laughed except that I would have been killed.

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    "The better part of valor is discretion..." You are indeed a very smart man, otherwise you would have been beaten into a coma and left for dead by the hood rats. BTW - I agree with Genius T. Coates on reparations as long as it includes repatriation to Africa with no chance of return. The AA population is a severe net loss to our GDP easily costing the U.S. in $ billions every year (crime, free legal services, free health care, frivolous lawsuits, no income taxes paid, etc...). The US would recoup the reparation payouts and repatriation costs rapidly within a decade.
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  56. AB- says:
    @Arclight
    TNC is virtually unreadable - he has one big idea and has less and less runway to spin it in a new way. He can't write a single piece without including the words "plunder" or "bodies" and all he can do is present the largest single group of people in this country as evil.

    I think a lot of this is just masking his fear/belief that his particular group is not so far behind everyone else because of the effects of slavery and discrimination, but because of real and virtually impossible to remedy shortcomings.

    In fact in an interview some years ago he said something to the effect that basically his people have been losing for so long - from the time his ancestors were captured and sold into slavery by stronger African tribes until the present - that he essentially has to believe that they have been the victims of forces actively trying to keep them down, because the alternative is simply that they truly are inferior to everyone who has done better, and he cannot accept that.

    I think a lot of this is just masking his fear/belief that his particular group is not so far behind everyone else because of the effects of slavery and discrimination, but because of real and virtually impossible to remedy shortcomings.

    100 years ago, one of the ‘talented tenth’ of negros was lamenting they were so far behind whites, it would take a 1000 years for them to catch up.

    But ‘muh dick’ among the slave owners spreading white genes has seriously shortened that estimate.

    But not eliminating it.

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  57. One observation: You can take pretty much any two sentences and interchange them and it won’t make any difference at all. None. And you could do that 100 times and yes, the article will be unreadable and dull but absolutely no more than it is right now, which is to say completely unreadable and head-ache producing dull.

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  58. Bubba says:
    @Joe Stalin
    On the CTA train on Chicago, I heard a Black woman telling a Black male stranger that she had read an article by THC on how he supported reparations; I would have laughed except that I would have been killed.

    “The better part of valor is discretion…” You are indeed a very smart man, otherwise you would have been beaten into a coma and left for dead by the hood rats. BTW – I agree with Genius T. Coates on reparations as long as it includes repatriation to Africa with no chance of return. The AA population is a severe net loss to our GDP easily costing the U.S. in $ billions every year (crime, free legal services, free health care, frivolous lawsuits, no income taxes paid, etc…). The US would recoup the reparation payouts and repatriation costs rapidly within a decade.

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  59. Lagertha says:

    OMG!!!!!! Could he have been playing Magic the Gathering or Warhammer? Seriously, it is one way or the other after Yugioh cards.

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  60. guest says:
    @Meretricious
    The funny thing about Coates's article is his presumption that ex-President Barry has a legacy--perhaps he likes Obama's race hustling. Anyway, identity politics is dead, and it's likely Coates will be out of a job once the publisher realizes that his white audience doesn't read the genius in residence. His 15 minutes are up.

    “identity politics is dead”

    This brings to mind Al Pacino’s big scene in Scent of a Woman. Imagine instead of Lt. Col. Frank Slade (Army, retired) he’s playing the role of identity politics.

    “Are you finished, Mr. Identity Politics?”
    “No, I’m just gettin’ warmed up.”

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  61. Lagertha says:

    Everyone is still fighting about education, and all the different outcomes as far as stuff about race. It will never end. Finnish kids score the highest. Singaporeans come close, as do the Chinese, but they suck at English…and….drum roll….nuance.

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  62. guest says:
    @Vinteuil
    "Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences."

    Well, because they want to sound smart, and that's how they think they can do it.

    It's really hard to convince one's students that they ought to write as *simply* as possible. God knows - I've been trying, and mostly failing, for many years, now.

    Maybe they take “simply” the wrong way. I say prose oughtta be as clear and precise as possible. My advice to anyone who asks (few do) would be to to work out as elaborately as possible what you want to say before you write it, or write out the thoughts stumbling to get through your thought-door but re-read them when you’re done–out loud preferably–and cross out what doesn’t get your point across.

    Don’t write to sound like you’re smart. Even if one’s ideas are stupid, they’d write better than 99% of people by getting their ideas out as clearly as possible.

    I’m not a teacher, so I don’t know if this advice would help anyone.

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    Confused prose is usually a reflection of confused thought.

    It could, however, also be an attempt to obfuscate banal or risible ideas.

    Or simply puffed-up pretension that's gone off the rails.
    , @AndrewR
    I think people should generally write naturally. I avoid trying to sound smarter than I am, and I avoid trying to sound dumber than I am. The proper use of punctuation (and, ideally, italics and parentheses) goes a very long way towards making complex sentences understandable. I seldom use a thesaurus but I also don't like to use the exact same word over and over. It's ok to use pretentious words but only if you've already exhausted all the less-pretentious ways of describing the thing in question.
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  63. Mr. Anon says:

    I think I was seven when I started playing Dungeons & Dragons, though that feels like too young.

    Ta-Nehisi Coates: 12th-level racial grievance-monger

    Intelligence: 14
    Self-involvement: 18
    Petulance: 20
    Resentment: 21

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  64. Kylie says:
    @Achilles

    African-Americans tend to love marginally intelligible overblown rhetoric.
     
    I'd be surprised if significant numbers of African-Americans actually read his stuff. Maybe as a classroom assignment, and perhaps not even then.

    I'm sure Tennessee Coates understands his role as black minstrel-writer pumping out verbiage as grist for the anti-white jihad mills of the left/liberal Jews and other urban coalition-de-fringy types who run the media and publishing world.

    I would guess he's in it mainly for the money, using his writing to earn enough for his dream semi-retirement to a cottage in the Cotswolds or perhaps the Lake Country where he will raise pure-bred sheep and write his own new tales of the Once and Future King, Arthur of the Britons.

    I agree that Genius T. Coates doesn’t have much of a black readership (a phrase which, frankly, I consider oxymoronic).

    But I disagree that he understands his role as a black minstrel-writer. It always amazes me that you and the other bright commenters here just don’t understand blacks and leftists. They take all this crap and themselves very seriously. They lack irony, humor, and self-awareness. They are True Believers. It’s all about the feelz because ultimately, it’s all about them. All the time. They are narcissists.

    No offense meant. I honestly think you all are too bright and too lacking in narcissistic tendencies to understand these people whereas I was raised by a narcissist. Nothing they say or do surprises me.

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  65. guest says:
    @USC70
    OMG... I tried multiple times to get through that "essay". His writing is so atrocious I struggled to really comprehend what he was saying except for white people bad.

    Anyone who says they read that whole article word for word (no skimming)... is lying.

    Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences.

    “Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences”

    Because they think that’s the way it works. They haven’t been taught rhetoric, nor the fundamentals of prose writings either, possibly.

    Blacks suffer particularly from the thesaurus disease. I don’t know why. Literary bling? It probably plays to their strength, which is improvisation. If you don’t have to think of proper word usage, you’re free to “spit” your writing closer to the speed of thought.

    White nerds and hipsters are prone to reference-itis. Tennessee Coates has some white nerd in him. (He’s hip by virtue of being black. Even blerds* are hip in the correct surroundings. Carlton Banks would be Miles Davis in Branson Missouri, for instance.)

    *Black nerds.

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  66. guest says:
    @Cloud of Probable Matricide
    Given my byline, I should be able to spell "Cthulhu" ...

    I think I have to disagree with Tennessee Coates, surely Moldbug was right when he said, "Cthulhu always swims left." And Mr Trump seems decidedly nonLovecraftian to me.

    “Cthulhu always swims left”

    Which way does Leviathan swim, then? I think Moldbug was a Hobbes fan.

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  67. tsotha says:

    Can Coates really be the only black guy with decent grammar who owns a thesaurus? They sure didn’t hire him for his ability to say anything intelligent.

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    The black body so-called Genius Tennessee Coates inhabits came equipped with a black brain as well. Too bad!
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  68. @Colleen Pater
    Afterwards Jim said the witches bewitched him and put him in a trance, and rode him all over the State, and then set him under the trees again, and hung his hat on a limb to show who done it. And next time Jim told it he said they rode him down to New Orleans; and, after that, every time he told it he spread it more and more, till by and by he said they rode him all over the world, and tired him most to death, and his back was all over saddle-boils. Jim was monstrous proud about it ...

    I dont think negroes even have to take tests anymore

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  69. @Anonymous
    Well, at least Coates isn't so culturally myopic as to speak of, say, "the gris-gris wielded by shamans the color of sun-bleached bones", or to always harp on the voodoo spells of "implicit bias" and "systemic racism".

    He took the time to know white people's witchcraft better than white people do.

    the gris-gris wielded by shamans the color of sun-bleached bones

    He took the time to know white people’s witchcraft better than white people do.

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  70. @sayless
    Coates is boring high-IQ whites

    Manalive, I hope you're right. The Atlantic is embarrassing itself.

    IQ, regrettably, has nothing to do with it. If anything the correlation is negative.

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  71. Bubba says:
    @guest
    "Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences"

    Because they think that's the way it works. They haven't been taught rhetoric, nor the fundamentals of prose writings either, possibly.

    Blacks suffer particularly from the thesaurus disease. I don't know why. Literary bling? It probably plays to their strength, which is improvisation. If you don't have to think of proper word usage, you're free to "spit" your writing closer to the speed of thought.

    White nerds and hipsters are prone to reference-itis. Tennessee Coates has some white nerd in him. (He's hip by virtue of being black. Even blerds* are hip in the correct surroundings. Carlton Banks would be Miles Davis in Branson Missouri, for instance.)

    *Black nerds.

    When I worked with AA’s back in the late 90′s they always called me “Carlton.” I soon realized it was a badge of honor.

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  72. BB753 says:
    @tsotha
    Can Coates really be the only black guy with decent grammar who owns a thesaurus? They sure didn't hire him for his ability to say anything intelligent.

    The black body so-called Genius Tennessee Coates inhabits came equipped with a black brain as well. Too bad!

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  73. @inertial
    Here is the official photo of Trump releasing eldritch energies of whiteness. The Donald was thinner and blonder back then.

    https://img.ifcdn.com/images/f9565a02db6438baab0750cb296ec0a4d400622e8b5006b8245eea9aaefc948a_1.jpg

    Maybe young Tallahassee Coates saw this video featuring a pale, wraithlike Andrew Eldritch of The Sisters of Mercy and it spooked him for life:

    YouTube commenter Ryan L Abato (on a different upload):

    A gothic band named The Sisters Of Mercy will be shooting a video for their song in our factory today. So if you see a 90 pound pale man prancing around as if he’s making a list for the gas chamber, pay no mind. Business as usual. Also, Friday is suspenders day.

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    I liked the Sisters of Mercy cruising in the Monkees car. I also like that black hat on his head.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JUyGOP4TV8

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  74. MEH 0910 says:
    @Arclight
    TNC is virtually unreadable - he has one big idea and has less and less runway to spin it in a new way. He can't write a single piece without including the words "plunder" or "bodies" and all he can do is present the largest single group of people in this country as evil.

    I think a lot of this is just masking his fear/belief that his particular group is not so far behind everyone else because of the effects of slavery and discrimination, but because of real and virtually impossible to remedy shortcomings.

    In fact in an interview some years ago he said something to the effect that basically his people have been losing for so long - from the time his ancestors were captured and sold into slavery by stronger African tribes until the present - that he essentially has to believe that they have been the victims of forces actively trying to keep them down, because the alternative is simply that they truly are inferior to everyone who has done better, and he cannot accept that.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/these-crime-misery-graphs-dont-imply-what-ta-nehisi-coates-says-they-imply/

    https://www.vox.com/2015/9/15/9329727/tanehisi-coates-incarceration-racism

    I think it’s a lot easier to talk about individual behaviors, to just say that if people would act better it would all be okay.

    To me, that logic leads to racism. And let me try to make that plain for you, so I’m not being extreme. If you say the problem in the African-American community is a lack of individual responsibility, you’re talking about 40 million people. If you’re saying there’s less responsibility among those people, well, why would that be? And you say, a culture has developed in the last 30 or 40 years. But the problem is the crime rates have been higher in the black community at least since the time we came out of slavery. Was something wrong with the culture of those people, too?

    It quickly and easily leads to the idea that something must just be wrong with those people. And I just reject that. I guess I have to reject that.

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  75. @Colleen Pater
    Afterwards Jim said the witches bewitched him and put him in a trance, and rode him all over the State, and then set him under the trees again, and hung his hat on a limb to show who done it. And next time Jim told it he said they rode him down to New Orleans; and, after that, every time he told it he spread it more and more, till by and by he said they rode him all over the world, and tired him most to death, and his back was all over saddle-boils. Jim was monstrous proud about it ...

    Afterwards Jim said the witches bewitched him and put him in a trance, and rode him all over the State, and then set him under the trees again, and hung his hat on a limb to show who done it. And next time Jim told it he said they rode him down to New Orleans; and, after that, every time he told it he spread it more and more, till by and by he said they rode him all over the world, and tired him most to death, and his back was all over saddle-boils. Jim was monstrous proud about it …

    Probably one reason that Huck Finn is increasingly non-PC for high school reading. Were Mark Twain on Facebook or Twitter at present, he’d be banned and kicked off post haste.

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  76. Seriously, how many people, white or black, or even the most true-believer lefties, are going to read that bloated screed from start to finish? Or even listen to the audio version? I skimmed it, and it’s so over the top in both its content and its verbosity that resembles parody.

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  77. MEH 0910 says:

    https://www.theroot.com/the-root-100-no-1s-ta-nehisi-coates-wanted-to-be-the-1798489576

    These days, in addition to penning an occasional essay for The Atlantic, Coates says that he’s looking forward to teaching a class on the essay at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter School of Journalism in the fall.

    He’s also readying for the release of his book We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (One World), to be released in October. Coates explains that the title comes from black Reconstruction-era Rep. Thomas Miller, who plaintively noted at the South Carolina Constitutional Convention of 1895, “We were eight years in power,” and then questioned why Southern whites despised blacks so much, when their works during Reconstruction were good.

    “It had tremendous echoes of what happened with [Barack] Obama,” Coates says. “It was the fact that they were so successful that made them targets. I think the book tries to wrestle with that, in addition to my own experiences as a writer during the [Obama presidency].”

    Coates is currently working on a script based on the New Yorker magazine piece “Wrong Answer,” a school-cheating scandal that saw black teachers and administrators in Atlanta jailed. Acclaimed director Ryan Coogler, who also helmed the highly anticipated Black Panther film, will direct.

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  78. JIDude says:

    You might not believe this, Steve, but I have no idea who is this Ta-Nehisi. A non-entity as far as I’m concerned.

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  79. eah says:
    @eah
    But you said this 'war' -- assuming this article is an example of the 'war' you were talking about -- wasn't about race:

    Sailer in Taki's: "This is Class War Disguised as Race War"

    So I'm confused.

    ACT Score Gaps: “We Didn’t Know It Was This Bad”

    The ‘gaps’ are in averages between racial/ethnic groups — these lead to similar differences in income and wealth, which is in large part what this ‘war’ is about — so in the end, how can the ‘war’ not be about race/ethnicity?

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  80. JI says:

    I’ve gotta’ ask – who is this Ta-Nehisi and what is he (she?) to you?

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  81. SnakeEyes says:

    I read the entire essay. In brief, Tennessee is upset that Trump followed the Sailer Strategy. He is upset that whites adopted their own form of identity politics. The election of Trump proves that while a majority of whites may not be white supremecists, they were willing to hand the presidency of the United States to one. (He does not mention the voting patterns of other races).

    Some of his ideas are actually kind of interesting (in an Unz Review contributor/ provocateur kind of way). But his writing style is unbearably turgid and he is so wrong on so many facts (Bizarro World wrong) that his arguments have no legitimacy.

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  82. @Meretricious
    The funny thing about Coates's article is his presumption that ex-President Barry has a legacy--perhaps he likes Obama's race hustling. Anyway, identity politics is dead, and it's likely Coates will be out of a job once the publisher realizes that his white audience doesn't read the genius in residence. His 15 minutes are up.

    Anyway, identity politics is dead …

    LOL

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  83. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @theo the kraut
    I guess that's his zodiac animal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coati aka coatimundi. However, "coatis [...] have a reputation for intelligence, " so that doesn't fit, but then, they feed on "tarantulas," "fruit," "lizards," and "rodents," so maybe.

    Didn’t Paris Hilton or one of those other rich famous goofballs have one as a pet, until it attacked her?

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    It was a coati relative, the kinkajou.

    http://www.tmz.com/2006/08/10/when-animals-attack-paris/

    http://www.tmz.com/2007/02/27/paris-hilton-hates-the-kinkajous/

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  84. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @USC70
    No kidding, the best writing instruction in the world is in the USAF. They teach format essays, and stress simple direct sentences.

    Was invaluable to me now when I write technical reports for customers.

    The USAF through its auxiliary the Civil Air Patrol used to teach the same material to the kids who were part of it. The CAF cadets tended to do very well in English classes after that. None of the teachers seemed interested in why, however.

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  85. MEH 0910 says:
    @Anonymous
    Didn't Paris Hilton or one of those other rich famous goofballs have one as a pet, until it attacked her?
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  86. @USC70
    No kidding, the best writing instruction in the world is in the USAF. They teach format essays, and stress simple direct sentences.

    Was invaluable to me now when I write technical reports for customers.

    What is a “format essay”?

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  87. @CCZ
    Previous presidents (with 1 noted exception) apparently used the "bloody heirloom" known as "the passive power of whiteness."

    "It is insufficient to state the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness—that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but can conjure a tailwind for most of them. ... No such elegant detachment can be attributed to Donald Trump—a president who, more than any other, has made the awful inheritance explicit." TNC
     
    The "passive power of whiteness" means that I don't need bleach.

    This stuff is genocidal. But I suppose that one response is mockery.

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  88. Can’t we just make fun of his humongous lips?

    A fat lip could never be plumper
    Than the lips of this Coates mother-humper.
    His lips are so rubbery,
    So bloated and blubbery,
    They resemble bay-bee buggy bumpers.

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  89. Pericles says:
    @AndrewR
    Slightly OT:

    Airbnb vows to keep employing aliens after their work visas expire. Someone please tell me the government can shut them down and seize their assets now.


    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/07/silicon-valley-executives-dreamers-daca-trump

    It makes me dream about Brian Shiznat being frogmarched into the paddy wagon on live camera.

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  90. Ed says:
    @Nigerian Nationalist
    Until Monsieur Coates starts allowing comments, his articles won't get a viewing from me.

    When he used to deign to allow comments he got me blocked from the Atlantic. I had to create a new profile.

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    Same! He has some thin skin and some thick lips.
    , @peterike
    When he used to deign to allow comments he got me blocked from the Atlantic. I had to create a new profile.

    Oh, you would have gotten blocked commenting anywhere at The Atlantic. I know I did. Twice!
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  91. BB753 says:

    In this hour-long interview, Coates shares his wisdom with us mere mortals:

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  92. AndrewR says:
    @Ed
    When he used to deign to allow comments he got me blocked from the Atlantic. I had to create a new profile.

    Same! He has some thin skin and some thick lips.

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  93. anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @USC70
    OMG... I tried multiple times to get through that "essay". His writing is so atrocious I struggled to really comprehend what he was saying except for white people bad.

    Anyone who says they read that whole article word for word (no skimming)... is lying.

    Why do people try and make themselves sound more intelligent by writing complex hard to understand sentences.

    “White people bad” is all ye need know.

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  94. King Baeksu says: • Website
    @guest
    Maybe they take "simply" the wrong way. I say prose oughtta be as clear and precise as possible. My advice to anyone who asks (few do) would be to to work out as elaborately as possible what you want to say before you write it, or write out the thoughts stumbling to get through your thought-door but re-read them when you're done--out loud preferably--and cross out what doesn't get your point across.

    Don't write to sound like you're smart. Even if one's ideas are stupid, they'd write better than 99% of people by getting their ideas out as clearly as possible.

    I'm not a teacher, so I don't know if this advice would help anyone.

    Confused prose is usually a reflection of confused thought.

    It could, however, also be an attempt to obfuscate banal or risible ideas.

    Or simply puffed-up pretension that’s gone off the rails.

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  95. @Harry Baldwin
    Really? Who else would use coded nerd-speak?

    Who else would use coded nerd-speak?

    The fact that a magpie will put a brass button in its nest doesn’t mean it knows how to sew.

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  96. And the blackest thing he wrote was from that comic book where he makes a cameo bellowing

    “You betta come outa there Sucka! Ah’m Genius T. Coates and I got somfin’ fo yo Ass!!!!!”

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  97. sayless says:
    @Neoconned
    There's a d&d group at my card shop i hang out at. Its all white save one black guy.

    I think I'd feel safe around Coates. His gay probably flames hotter than tje sun

    I think I’d feel safe around Coates. His gay probably flames

    Agree. Also, he’s dumber than a hen.

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  98. peterike says:
    @Ed
    When he used to deign to allow comments he got me blocked from the Atlantic. I had to create a new profile.

    When he used to deign to allow comments he got me blocked from the Atlantic. I had to create a new profile.

    Oh, you would have gotten blocked commenting anywhere at The Atlantic. I know I did. Twice!

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  99. But whereas his forebears carried whiteness like an ancestral talisman, Trump cracked the glowing amulet open, releasing its eldritch energies.

    Looks like someone cracked open that The-sau’rus he received for Kwanzaa.

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  100. @Yan Shen
    Well I'm uh too lazy to read through the entire article written by the black John Derbyshire. But just two random thoughts.

    First, I stated before on this blog that in some sense Trump is the first East Asian president! Mr. Coates actually has it wrong. Trump's nationalist sentiments are very much in line with many of the leaders of East Asia. It's no surprise that for instance while he has a rocky relationship with numerous Western world leaders, he and Shinzo Abe are surprisingly buddy buddy.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/world/asia/japan-trump-north-korea-abe.html?mcubz=1


    President Trump has made some rocky telephone calls to other heads of state in his seven and a half months in office. But he can always count on one world leader for a good chat: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

    Ever since the pair met in November at Trump Tower in New York just days after the presidential election, they have had a warm relationship that goes well beyond the typical partnership between two longstanding allies.

    “It is very unusual,” said Mitoji Yabunaka, a longtime diplomat and former vice minister at Japan’s Foreign Ministry. “It did not happen that way in the past.”

    Since Mr. Trump was inaugurated in January, he and Mr. Abe have met in person three times, golfed together once and talked by telephone 13 times, more than Mr. Abe spoke to President Barack Obama in his last four years in office. Over the past week alone, Mr. Abe and Mr. Trump have spoken by telephone four times.

    “The president responds to Abe as a buddy and a friend,” said Sheila A. Smith, a Japan expert at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. “And Abe has worked hard to cultivate that kind of relationship with him.”
     

    Second, has the black John Derbyshire ever written anything not related to being explicitly black? I seem to recall the uh white Ta-Nehisi Coates calling him out on this point...

    Since Mr. Trump was inaugurated in January, he and Mr. Abe have… talked by telephone 13 times, more than Mr. Abe spoke to President Barack Obama in his last four years in office.

    The irony of your comments is that Abe probably has more in common with John Derbyshire than with you.

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  101. sayless says:
    @sayless
    Coates is boring high-IQ whites

    Manalive, I hope you're right. The Atlantic is embarrassing itself.

    Coates is boring high-IQ whites

    And it’s even worse than that. He’s making high-IQ whites laugh.

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  102. AndrewR says:
    @guest
    Maybe they take "simply" the wrong way. I say prose oughtta be as clear and precise as possible. My advice to anyone who asks (few do) would be to to work out as elaborately as possible what you want to say before you write it, or write out the thoughts stumbling to get through your thought-door but re-read them when you're done--out loud preferably--and cross out what doesn't get your point across.

    Don't write to sound like you're smart. Even if one's ideas are stupid, they'd write better than 99% of people by getting their ideas out as clearly as possible.

    I'm not a teacher, so I don't know if this advice would help anyone.

    I think people should generally write naturally. I avoid trying to sound smarter than I am, and I avoid trying to sound dumber than I am. The proper use of punctuation (and, ideally, italics and parentheses) goes a very long way towards making complex sentences understandable. I seldom use a thesaurus but I also don’t like to use the exact same word over and over. It’s ok to use pretentious words but only if you’ve already exhausted all the less-pretentious ways of describing the thing in question.

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  103. @AndrewR
    I think people should generally write naturally. I avoid trying to sound smarter than I am, and I avoid trying to sound dumber than I am. The proper use of punctuation (and, ideally, italics and parentheses) goes a very long way towards making complex sentences understandable. I seldom use a thesaurus but I also don't like to use the exact same word over and over. It's ok to use pretentious words but only if you've already exhausted all the less-pretentious ways of describing the thing in question.

    Good advice.

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  104. boomstick says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican
    Maybe young Tallahassee Coates saw this video featuring a pale, wraithlike Andrew Eldritch of The Sisters of Mercy and it spooked him for life:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg9buWTwCcI

    YouTube commenter Ryan L Abato (on a different upload):

    A gothic band named The Sisters Of Mercy will be shooting a video for their song in our factory today. So if you see a 90 pound pale man prancing around as if he's making a list for the gas chamber, pay no mind. Business as usual. Also, Friday is suspenders day.
     

    I liked the Sisters of Mercy cruising in the Monkees car. I also like that black hat on his head.

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  105. @Harry Baldwin
    Really? Who else would use coded nerd-speak?

    Is your profession that Tolkien and Lovecraft used “coded nerd-speak” or that ostensibly educated Negroes like Oswald Bates babble in this way?

    If the former, I disagree, if the latter, I wholeheartedly agree.

    If the latter, I refute that, e.g., “Begone, foul dwinmerlaik, lord of carrion! Leave the dead in peace!” is the work of a master of the English language (and several others, come to that), who knows the world he wishes to present and the experience he wishes to create for his readers is served much better thus than by sentences such as “Get out if here, nasty demon and eater of dead stuff! Leave my uncle’s body alone!” The latter immediately deflates the diegesis like a popped baloon, destroying suspension of disbelief and invoking a sense of incongruous and anachronistic discomfort in any reader.

    This kind of writing is not “coded nerd-speak” but rather careful, purposeful craft. Likewise, Tolkien’s nonfiction writing has none of the babbling polysyllablism for its own sake which marks the drivel of Oswald Bates and Tennessee Coats; he discussed complex and abstract ideas quite clearly:

    The incarnate mind, the tongue, and the tale are in our world coeval. The human mind, endowed with the powers of generalization and abstraction, sees not only green-grass, discriminating it from other things . . . but sees that it is green as well as being grass. But how powerful, how stimulating to the very faculty that produced it, was the invention of the adjective: no spell or incantation in Faerie is more potent. And that is not surprising: such incantations might indeed be said to be only another view of adjectives, a part of speech in a mythical grammar. The mind that thought of light, heavy, grey, yellow, still, swift, also conceived of magic that would make heavy things light and able to fly, turn grey lead into yellow gold, and the still rock into swift water.

    Pretty concise writing if you ask me – glacial clarity when compared to the obfuscatory nonsense from Tennessee and company.

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  106. @415 reasons
    I'm confused is it a talisman or an amulet? Or can an amulet be a talisman?

    I’m confused is it a talisman or an amulet? Or can an amulet be a talisman?

    Hey, Mista Talisman, tally me bananas…

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  107. Eldritch? This is what happens when a semi-literate person gets hold of a thesaurus.

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  108. Y Carl says:

    Demonization of whites by blacks is taking on an increasingly supernatural tone.
    This is ominous considering the ancient and continuing obsession with witchcraft in Africa.
    Accusing, torturing and exterminating witches (those who harm others through spells, demons, the evil eye etc.) is like an industry in Africa.
    We seem to be witnessing a distorted re-emergence of this typically African social phenomenon.

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  109. It cracks me up to no end that Coates named his son after African warlord Samori Ture. Ture was the leader of the Wassoulou Empire, an Islamic slave state that subjugated neighboring animist tribes and forced them to convert to Islam. His army’s infantry consisted of masses of slave soldiers armed with rifles that he bought from European arms dealers. Toure resisted attempts by the French – though almost all of the “French” troops used in the Mandingo Wars were black Africans. To make things short, Coates gives his son the name of a man that likely killed and enslaved more blacks than all of the founding fathers and the Southern plantation aristocracy combined!! He is likely fully aware of this, but the thing with leftists like Coates is that that they don’t actually believe slavery, military invasions, and brutal warfare is wrong, but that only when Huwhytes engage in this behavior is it wrong. The key to their worldview is that they hate Whites and Western Civilization, the fruits of European genius.

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  110. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Neoconned
    There's a d&d group at my card shop i hang out at. Its all white save one black guy.

    I think I'd feel safe around Coates. His gay probably flames hotter than tje sun

    Depends on how you define safe. Hate to be around a guy like that if you got a bit too drunk and passed out…

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  111. I saw the article and thought it was stupid. Its true, Trump supporters are not low income whites as much as blue collar workers or small business people that make around 80,000. In fact Trump was a little generous to some of the dreamers making it possible for them to stay up until 2020. Trump also cut a deal with Dems on the debt ceiling, so how anti-minority is he anyway. Not much. Just because a dingbat punches a minority and wears a Swanska on his arm doesn’t mean Trump has anything to do with it. If Trump came out more against the neo-Nazis at Charlottesville the left would be kissing his feet since he made a deal on the debt ceiling and could make a deal on Daca in the future.

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  112. Ben Pugh says:

    Maybe he plays Magic: The Gathering. https://magic.wizards.com/en/content/eldritch-moon

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