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09 January 2014 @ 06:52 am
The champion  
There is no such thing as America's Foremost Public Intellectual. I can't even begin to imagine how they'd do the brackets. But naming one seems a harmless form of sport, and when Ta-Nehisi Coates made a suggestion, it didn't bother me. But he named a black woman, and someone whose name I probably should know was shocked and said Coates obviously should have picked one of a few specific white men, or perhaps a particular dead white woman if she hadn't been dead. That doesn't make the guy America's Foremost Public Asshole (for the same reason and because the competition is even fiercer), but it isn't good. Coates discusses.

ETA: Charles Pierce joins in the fun.
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Johnjohnpalmer on January 19th, 2014 10:16 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. Because that's not what he said.


I see.

So everyone speaks with perfect precision? No, you're not that stupid. You know better.

So you're in an argument akin to the kinds of arguments I recall from siblings where the important thing is someone else being wrong. Please, enjoy yourself; I was having an honest (if somewhat pointed) discussion.
Kalimackalimac on January 19th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
No, the important thing is that Byers did not say what TNC claimed he said. There's no matter of imperfect precision about it.

Once again, I see, you are claiming a remarkable - and remarkably inaccurate - insight into other people's minds.

Edited at 2014-01-19 11:03 pm (UTC)