Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Kay Hymowitz ― The Distorted World of Ta-Nehisi Coates

He can be eloquent, but he overlooks vast amounts of evidence about African-American life.

The National Review:

Hard on the heels of his number-one best-selling book Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates has now published a mega treatise in The Atlantic misleadingly titled “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” I say “misleading” because aside from a brief summary of the 1965 Moynihan Report and a few nods to the effects of incarceration on children and the costs of visiting relatives upstate, you won’t find much to chew on about the black family — or any families, for that matter. It’s hard to know whether Coates is being evasive or is just indifferent to the reams of writing on the topic — I suspect it’s the latter — but it doesn’t much matter. 

The effect is equivocation all the way down.

Read the full article HERE.