Mr. Feel Good
“Blaming white people,” they write, “can be a way for some black people to feel better about themselves, but it doesn’t pay the electric bills. There are more doors of opportunity open for black people today than ever before in the history of America.”
Herbert writes, "I couldn’t agree more. Racism disgusts me, and I think it should be fought with much greater ferocity than we see today. But that’s no reason to drop out of school, or take drugs, or refuse to care for one’s children, or shoot somebody."
Cosby and Poussaint aren't saying anything that wouldn't be said by Octavius Catto, 140 years ago (see today's print column), or Frederick Douglass or Shelby Steele today.
Bob Herbert claims to agree. But he gives away the game when he writes how disgusted he is by racism and how it needs to be fought with greater ferocity.
Well, whatever makes you "feel good," Bob.
UPDATE: I forgot to mention the terrific Thomas Sowell, who is almost always dead on, as he is here.
UPDATE II: Columnist Cynthia Tucker joins the party.