“We Were 8 Years in Power”: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Obama, Trump & White Fear of “Good Negro Government”, democracynow.com, August 14, 2017
“And the great W.E.B. Du Bois pointed out that the one thing white South Carolinians feared more than bad Negro government was good Negro government. It was precisely the fact of having made all of these accomplishments, because they ran counter to the ideas of white supremacy, that gave the disenfranchisement movement and the redeemers their fuel.
And I don’t think it was very different under President Barack Obama. I think it was, in fact, you know, his modesty. It was the lack of radicalism. It was the fact that he wasn’t out, you know, firebombing or, you know, throwing up the Black Power sign or doing such that made him so scary, because I think what folks ultimately fear is Africans—is kind of the ease with which African Americans could be integrated into the system, because it assaults the very ideas of white supremacy in the first place.“
(Good gawd all-Friday; head in the oven time, I reckon.)
Bonus: ‘Obama’s tweet after Charlottesville becomes the most-liked tweet ever’, thehill.com, August 15
“The tweet became the most popular of all time on Tuesday night, with more than 2.7 million likes, three days after it was posted.”
(This is sorta by way of a place-holder; I’m working on a George Clooney piece that’s going more slowly than I’d…hoped. And Mr. wd’s father is reportedly ‘actively dying’, bless his heart, and things are a bit strained here at home, of course. But it’s past time for him to leave this mortal coil, and may he soon rest in peace…)