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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Twitter feuds claimed another high-profile casualty on Tuesday when the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates deleted his account after sparring with the Harvard professor Cornel West. It started on Sunday, when Mr. West published an article in The Guardian calling Mr. Coates "the neoliberal face of the black freedom struggle," and accusing him of "fetishizing white supremacy" while ignoring "Wall Street greed, U.S. imperial crimes or black elite indifference to poverty." Mr. West, a professor of philosophy at Harvard (and a sporadic Twitter user), then posted about his article, calling Mr. Coates's views about race in America "dangerously misleading."

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Mr. West's tweet also drew plenty of agreement, including from supporters on the political left. But it was also retweeted by the white supremacist Richard Spencer, who added, "He's not wrong."

Late on Monday, Mr. Coates, who had more than 1.25 million Twitter followers as of earlier this month, tweeted, "Peace, y'all. I'm out. I didn't get in it for this." And at some point after that, he deleted his account.

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great minds, great writers.

#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-20 01:22 AM | Reply

Cornel West is the smartest black man in America. This is why most people never heard of him.

#2 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-12-20 09:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Cornel West is the smartest black man in America. This is why most people never heard of him.

#2 | POSTED BY KUDZU

I just read West's counter-point piece to Coates in The Guardian ...

www.theguardian.com

And I gotta say that I agree with West, and me agreeing with him doesn't diminish my support of Obama because having a brain I never believed in Obama's right-wing critics. Obama was an establishment Democrat who continued the flawed domestic and foreign policies of both parties -- policies that Cornel West rails against.

What I don't get is why Coates closed his twitter account. So neo-Nazi Richard Spencer took advantage of the twitter exchange to essentially call Coates a racist -- BFD.

Last time I looked, having a Nazi against you is a good thing. Spencer is nazi scum -- Coates needs to acknowledge West's core arguments and tell Richard Spencer to shove his BS where the sun don't shine -- not hard.

#3 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-12-20 10:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#3 West's core argument is a bigoted pos.

West needs to apologize.

Coates did the gentlemanly thing here.

West has gone full Trumper/Sanders.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-20 10:30 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

West's own words from The Guardian link ...

Coates and I come from a great tradition of the black freedom struggle. He represents the neoliberal wing that sounds militant about white supremacy but renders black fightback invisible. This wing reaps the benefits of the neoliberal establishment that rewards silences on issues such as Wall Street greed or Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and people.

The disagreement between Coates and me is clear: any analysis or vision of our world that omits the centrality of Wall Street power, US military policies, and the complex dynamics of class, gender, and sexuality in black America is too narrow and dangerously misleading. So it is with Ta-Nehisi Coates' worldview.


Where does Cornell West say that he's for Trumpism? He's railing against everything that Trump stands for ...

Here's Cornell West explaining that America is now a neo-fascist state ... www.youtube.com [10:07]

I've heard Coates say things that I agree with, but he needs to acknowledge the core problems that afflicts America that even ordinary citizens can clearly see ... and most importantly Coates needs fight back against nazi scum like Richard Spencer.

#5 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-12-20 10:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Where does Cornell West say that he's for Trumpism? He's railing against everything that Trump stands for ..."

His whole statement is. Do you need him to state it in those words for you to see it?

Who is he to come out with his modern "paper bag test"?

Your first clue should be his use of the term neoliberal. The second is how he can accuse Coates of rendering black fightback invisible. Then he goes on to say that Coates hasn't done enough for the Palestinians? WTH?

You're falling for nonsense because you're not evaluating the content. You and Kudzu are both suckers for this.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-20 03:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

i do think Coates was rash in deleting his account.
mb i missed something.

idkw Spencer is given any mention, ever.

#7 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-21 03:48 PM | Reply

You're falling for nonsense because you're not evaluating the content. You and Kudzu are both suckers for this.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at

A neo-liberal sucker like you calling someone a sucker is outrageously funny

#8 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-12-22 09:25 PM | Reply

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