At the risk of sounding like an absolutist on this “coonery” stuff — I guess I probably am — I think rikyrah’s calling out of Michael Steele (“…Is a Slave-Catching Coon“) is pretty instructive as to why we shouldn’t be hurling that bomb. I doubt any regular readers of this blog are fans of Michael Steele.* He’s corny and completely intellectually dishonest. But this business of legislating and policing blackness is cheap and dehumanizing, and we really need to cut that shit out.
I’m a progressive in large part because my experiences have shaped my views on the role of government and policing and the welfare state and inequity and human rights. But I’m also a humanist, and I believe deeply that ensuring the full spectrum of black folks’ humanity means respecting and riding for our right to look at those same things and arrive at dramatically different conclusions. Michael Steele and his ilk need to be allowed to be vocally conservative and avidly Republican and still have purchase on their blackness — whatever the hell that even is.
*At this point, I’d be surprised if many Republicans were.
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