Black Pathology and the Closing of the Progressive Mind

Article detailing the realities of white supremacy ingrained in America rhetoric and beliefs and its inherent misrepresentations and exclusions of African Americans’ heritages and legacies.

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Among opinion writers, Jonathan Chait is outranked in my esteem only by Hendrik Hertzberg. This lovely takedown of Robert Johnson is a classic of the genre, one I studied incessantly when I was sharpening my own sword. The sharpening never ends. With that in mind, it is a pleasure to engage Chait in the discussion over President Obama, racism, culture, and personal responsibility. It's good to debate a writer of such clarity—even when that clarity has failed him. Read more...