Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Adolph Reed Jr. recognizes Ta-Nehisi Coates as neoliberalism's newest Booker

Adolph Reed on the Folly of Reparations, Steffie Woolhandler on the Inadequacies of Obamacare is a short and very readable interview that's essentially an updating of his classic essay, "What Are the Drums Saying, Booker?: The Curious Role of the Black Public Intellectual" (pdf).

The important thing to remember about Booker T. Washington is he wasn't an Uncle Tom in the sense of being someone only white people liked. He was someone both the white and the black middle class liked because his cautious approach to justice validated their class privilege.

Related: Adolph Reed on bell hooks, Cornell West, and other public black intellectuals

Adolph Reed Jr. on race and social justice