Coates: “The Myth of the Black Racist Voter”

By Lindsey Ellerson

May 12, 2008 4:59pm

My old Washington City Paper friend and colleague, Ta-Nehisi Coates, writes a thought-provoking essay disputing the "notion that black people voting for Barack in large margins is the equivalent (or on the scale of racism, arguably worse) of white people breaking for Hillary in similar margins."

For one, Coates writes, "Blacks have been voting for whites for president since they’ve gotten the vote. There is no question about black people’s ability to vote for a white man for president. Even in cases when blacks have a so-called black leader in the actual race, they still–in crucial times–have voted for the white guy."

Read the whole thing HERE.

- jpt

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