While Ferguson burned this week, The Atlantic’s village idiot and race huckster “Ta-Nehisi” Coates sat in hipster Harlem and earned a couple thousand dollars calling for more looting and violence in a place where he most emphatically does not live and has no plans to ever do more than briefly visit.
What clearly cannot be said is that violence and nonviolence are tools, and that violence—like nonviolence—sometimes works. “Property damage and looting impede social progress,” Jonathan Chait wrote Tuesday. He delivered this sentence with unearned authority.
I can absolutely guarantee you than any application of this philosophy to Mr. Coates’ person — by, for example, setting fire to his home and then nailing him with a rock when he comes running out — would not meet with the same approval that he remotely grants to the people who deliberately victimized the man who was robbed by Michael Brown for a second time. Like most of the people who are wringing their hands over the Michael Brown shooting, he is fully protected by other police from the kind of violent reaction he’s encouraging elsewhere. Remember Bill Maher’s infamous rant about how how Americans were “cowards” because we were using “smart bombs” in the so-called War On Terror? How much more cowardly, then, to encourage violence in someone else’s neighborhood?
Mr. Coates is black, but his adherence to the SJW/SWPL narrative about Ferguson is as letter-perfect as if he were a Berkeley yoga instructor or the infamous Pajama Boy himself. White people all around America are up in (Facebook status) arms about the way that black people are the victims of police violence. They decry the violent, racist police rage that ends young black life and treats African-Americans like targets in a KKK-sponsored shooting gallery. They are determined to force American policing out of its racist rut and create a world where sacred Black men are far less likely than whites to be shot by police.
Good news — it’s already happened.