Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Conjugating Richard Cohen After Most Recent Horrible Column

Here's how I conjugate Richard Cohen's future as a columnist for the Washington Post:

Richard Cohen should go

Richard Cohen should have gone

Richard Cohen shall have gone


Richard Cohen will go not a given.

Ta-Nehisi Coates explains the case.

Josh Marshall amplifies:
The issue isn't that Cohen is a racist. It's that he holds his position of vast influence while living in some older white man's cocoon, liberalish in a way but not much, in which he's either indifferent or unconcerned with the actual America around him and routinely jumps at the chance to normalize and legitimize retrograde views about race. The problem with the article isn't racism but inaccuracy, both descriptive and moral. And the complacent inaccuracy makes it worthy of criticism and contempt. People who have physical revulsion at interracial couples aren't "cultural conservatives"; they're racists. These attitudes about race are not conventional. Most people recognize them as racist and unacceptable in our society today.
I will now and forever have a gag reflex when I see Richard Cohen's face on the Op-Ed page of the Gaggington Post, see Weymouth, Katerine.


Does anyone remember this?

Or maybe this?

Or this?

Whaddya say, Cohen, is your time at hand? After this?
Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled—about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York—a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts—but not all—of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.
Are we finally there with this nonsense? Jeez, I hope so.

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