The First Rule of White Club

America’s foremost public intellectual, Ta-Nehisi Coates, has published a new best-selling minibook, Between the World and Me, that’s interesting for what it reveals about a forbidden subject: the psychological damage done by pervasive black violence to soft, sensitive, bookish souls such as Coates. The Atlantic writer’s black radical parents forced the frightened child to grow up in Baltimore’s black community, where he lived in constant terror of the other boys. Any white person who wrote as intensely about how blacks scared him would be career-crucified out of his job, so it’s striking to read Coates recounting at length how horrible it is to live around poor blacks if you are a timid, retiring sort.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Damon Wayans beat Coates to the punch years ago.

    • Ha!

    • Tom Forsythe

      He kind of sounds like Cornell West.

  • Rick McGinnis

    Probably not miles away from growing up working class and bright/creative – at least in my experience. Class is self-enforcing, and the people at the bottom don’t like anyone rising above their station.

  • Tom Forsythe

    This is true of all underclass cultures. Whether you are a Southern redneck, an Irish kid from Boston, or an Italian kid from Brooklyn, if you prefer books to sports, your life will be difficult.

    The difference with blacks is that the dominant culture thinks that being an illiterate thug is just part of “black culture,” and joins in the accusations that educated blacks are race-traitors.

    • David Murrell

      Conservative bkack intellectuals have condemned the blatent antintellectualism in urban black culture. Yet the dominant liberal culture refuses to discuss the poor educational attainment of blacks. To them there is no problem.

      And, of course, the dominant liberal media center all news on black-on-white violence.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Ta-Nehisi Coates is a fraud from top to bottom.
    Full stop. The end.
    Unfortunately there are a lot of idiots out there that believe his brand of “word salad” has any depth of meaning what-so-ever.
    It just crap piled high and slathered with fancy neologisms like “black bodies” and we are all supposed to be impressed.

    Perhaps he had such a hard time growing up because all of the kids around him recognized what a pretentious phoney he was, and I bet he was as insufferable then as he is now.
    When you pretend to be better than the bigger kids they tend to beat you up for being a jerk, and likely more so when your peers are all stupid and violent.
    With Coates there is no there ‘there’, and there never will be; I’m glad he got his ass kicked as a child.

    • He is the flavour of the month. No more than that.

  • derpy

    Jews aren’t white so why do you care?

  • andycanuck

    Isn’t the denouement of White Club that we discover that the white guy was beating himself up all along or am I thinking about the Toronto Star editorial board?

  • Edubeat

    Most kids in Peel’s senior public school’s and high schools don’t want to be seen as too nerdish. It doesn’t fit with gangsta_rap culture. So you wear your pants/jeans at half-mast and walk the walk.

  • mauser 98

    Paul Krugman, New York Times Op-Ed columnist

    “A lot of the craziness comes from cultural ethnic
    issues , rural White Americans
    who feel they are losing their country, and they are right. They are
    losing their country. In the end, the power they now have will go away,
    but it’s a very difficult and dangerous time until then. The future is
    represented by Mayor Bill DeBlasio of New York, “but Ted Cruz of Texas is still out there.”–amerikansk-politikk-er-galskap-1.11457779