Ta-nehisi Coates may be the only liberal writing on race that I take seriously. His liberalism is strained lately. You can here he almost panicked trying to people to understand that this isn’t about the morality of the police in Baltimore or the police in specific. That is problem, but is symptom–not the disease. Coates’s is really good here despite the fact everything involved in so tragic. Coates’ notices the focus on the individual is a false focus. Coates’s also has hit the limits about the moralization of all of this.
Coates has good will to spare, and yet he seems much more radical than many people “to the left of him” as he sees the way this all plays out and has nothing to do with morality or bad apples.