Ta-Nehisi Coates Deconstructs the Right’s Fascination with Dr. Ben Carson

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I just came across this provocative opinion piece from Atlantic senior editor Ta-Nehisi Coates in the New York Times. Coates gives his take on Dr. Ben Carson’s sudden celebrity within conservative circles. According to Coates it’s mostly due to his status as a bona fide conservative black man willing to call liberals “the most racist people there are” and to characterize the outrage at his recent comparison of gay marriage to bestiality and pedophilia as an attempt to keep him on the “plantation.”

From the article:

Benjamin Carson is that Conservative Black Hope of the moment. His rise began with a meandering speech that mixed policy, humor and victimization in February at the National Prayer Breakfast, mere feet from the president of the United States, who was forced to take his medicine in a way that Clint Eastwood could only dream of.

Read the full article. See if you can find the sidelong reference to those white pride rabble rousers at Towson.

 



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