The New York Times’ resident moralizer David Brooks is at it again.This time his lecture podium is pointed at Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of the new memoir “Between the World and Me.” Coates’ book, mostly a meditation on race in America, is written as a series of open letters to his teenage son."I was braced by Reeves’s book, but after speaking with him a few times about it, I’ve come to think the structural barriers he emphasizes are less important than the informal social barriers that segregate the lower 80 percent." Put another way? Because Brooks goes right into his observations on the "informal social barriers," and they are so, so breathtakingly asinine.
To that end, how can a op-ed that talks about class divisions in America not mention race at all?
This editorial is basically saying that feeling alienated by gourmet sandwich shops is more to blame for class divisions and a lack of upward mobility than, oh, I don't know, a system of institutionalized racism that has been in place in one form or another since our nation's founding.
Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop.
Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named “Padrino” and “Pomodoro” and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette.
He’s especially miffed at Coates’ dismissal of the American dream as a quaint fantasy built on the backs of enslaved black people.