“The faint echoes of Sister Souljah rattling around American racial politics”

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a freelance journalist and blogger. He considers Bob Dylan and Walter Sobchak to be the two great Jewish thinkers of our time; he thinks Kafka was half-right when he said there was hope, "but not for us"; and he can be reached through the twitter via @eliasisquith or via email. The opinions he expresses on the blog and throughout the interwebs are exclusively his own.

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  1. Kolohe says:

    Ah, self-criticism is no longer a tool on the left-wing pegboard. Progress!Report

  2. Brooke Taylor says:

    I don’t find this portion of the president’s speech “execrable.” Is it possible to disagree about the extent to which some aspects of African-American culture make it difficult to close the gaps between that African-Americans and other groups?

    Sure, but I don’t see why the mere mention of this issue has to be treated as a transgression.Report

  3. Kazzy says:

    I’m uncomfortable woth a white person criticizing Obama for the type of black man he supposedlyrepresents himself as.Report

    • Damon in reply to Kazzy says:

      It’s perfectly acceptable for anyone to criticise anyone, especially a politician, especially to compare and contrast what said person has said vs what he’s actually done.Report

      • Kazzy in reply to Damon says:


        My point is not that Obama is beyond criticism. Maybe Barack Obama just ISN’T one of “those kinds of black politicians”. Whatever that means. To be disappointed in that assumes expectations that he would be or should be otherwise. If this is something he has been doing since day one of his career as a national politician, why should we expect anything otherwise? Where does Elias get off being disappointed? Do all black politicians have to be “those kinds of black politicians”?Report

      • Kim in reply to Damon says:

        Fairly certain he hasn’t been bought off to go be a racial prejudice monger like Al Sharpton. I could be wrong, but if someone did buy him off to do that, it’s money poorly spent.Report

    • BlaiseP in reply to Kazzy says:

      I’m uncomfortable with black people attempting to push someone else into the Race Box. It’s the ultimate in Political Correctness, that the victims of injustice are usually the first to condemn their fellow victims.Report

  4. Jaybird says:

    There are no more elections to be won, Mr. President. Give it a rest.

    2014 is *RIGHT THERE*.

    It’s arguably the most important midterm our country has ever had.Report

  5. Brandon Berg says:

    And then, if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that during the course of 50 years, there were times when some of us claiming to push for change lost our way. The anguish of assassinations set off self-defeating riots. Legitimate grievances against police brutality tipped into excuse-making for criminal behavior. Racial politics could cut both ways, as the transformative message of unity and brotherhood was drowned out by the language of recrimination. And what had once been a call for equality of opportunity, the chance for all Americans to work hard and get ahead was too often framed as a mere desire for government support — as if we had no agency in our own liberation, as if poverty was an excuse for not raising your child, and the bigotry of others was reason to give up on yourself.

    There you have it, folks. Elias, who speaks for every Democrat who doesn’t explicitly rebuke him, supports riots, making excuses for criminal behavior, welfare dependence, child neglect, and sloth.

    Being a pundit is easy. I can’t believe people get paid for this.Report