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America loves pitting black intellectuals against each other, but today's activists need both Coates and West. When the emails started coming in, I ignored them. I felt like I was being summoned to see a schoolyard brawl, and, now that I no longer use social media, I was already late.
Perhaps because West named me as an ally, the New York Times requested a comment, followed by Le Monde, and then a slew of publications all trying to get the scoop on the latest battle royale among the titans of the black intelligentsia.
The discourse about the piece descended to the level of celebrity death match, which is never about the celebrities but rather our collective bloodlust.
Reactions are still coming in from all corners, calling out West for being dishonest and jealous, and for lobbing ad hominem attacks unrelated to his critique. Coates, to his immense credit, has bailed out of the fray, initially engaging but then exiting Twitter with a sigh of disgust.
One can only hope he is reading and working and enjoying the holiday with his family. I, too, would prefer to stay out of it. I need to get a Christmas tree, a trampoline for my youngest, and finish grading papers.
But I can't, partly because West named me in his piece and partly because I believe it is irresponsible of us to allow this kind of spectacle to, once again, obscure crucial political and philosophical issues.
Black intellectual infighting is hardly a new thing, as Peniel Joseph recently reminded us. As I wrote in these pages inthere is a growing reluctance to read and engage arguments carefully, especially those with which we disagree.
Besides, social media always loves a fight; the more personal and vitriolic, the more spectators. I believe that the reconciliation of their respective insights might open new directions.
My mother raised my siblings and me to be Hegelians even if his The Phenomenology of Spirit is not exactly bedtime readingand that means the purpose of critique is dialectical, to reach a higher synthesis, which in turn reveals new contradictions demanding new critique.
Wells, and Ella Baker. His insights into these figures are acute and often original, and he refrains from hagiography. For example, he is sharply critical of Douglass, whom he castigates for his relative silence on Jim Crow once he became a fully enfranchised and powerful voice in the Republican Party.
The book also contains a subtle indictment of President Barack Obama, implying that his two terms as president, and the emergence of a black neoliberal political class, represent a betrayal of the principles basic to the black prophetic tradition.
His criticisms of President Obama are not personal but directed at policies that reflected both the neoliberal turn and the persistence of U. West believes that we can win.
Coates is concerned that we survive. Our movements have had to do both—find ways to survive and dare to win. Coates found his calling during a particularly combative period for black intellectuals.
Almost any black writer publishing in the mainstream press would necessarily be read by whites. Reed was not exempt. He was not holding forth from The Chicago Defender but from The Village Voice, interpreting black intellectuals for that audience, most of whom were white.
In it, Rivers drops a dose of reality that is still relevant today: The debate about responsibility [of black intellectuals] has degenerated into star-worship and name-calling, the stuff of television talk shows.
The issues are too serious for that. It is time to get back on track. The Black community is in a state of emergency; Black intellectuals have acquired unprecedented power and prestige.
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