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"Coates's goal is to invalidate the possibility of class solidarity across racial boundaries"

Here is a long essay by Asad Haider addressing (in part) Ta-Nehisi Coates' recent (and also long) article. Coates has long had a weird blind spot where he's argued on the assumption that class-based struggle and race-based struggle are exclusive tracks (i.e. the antiquated and rightly disputed idea that racism is just a subset of classism), which has never been entirely true and it's been a fringe view among socialists for a long long time. Coates has seemed so obtuse on that point that i'd assume he was just against socialism, but that doesn't seem to be the case (he voted for Bernie Sanders saying it was "awesome" and "great" that an "avowed socialist" had a serious shot at the nomination). So i'm interested in where Coates is coming from. This article by Asad Haider is uncharitable to Coates but it's at least an attempt to address his points.

By fnord12 | October 4, 2017, 6:16 PM | Liberal Outrage