Sunday, December 22, 2013

Two Articles in "The Atlantic" Chronicle the Depths of Phil Robertson's Scandalous Views on the History of Southern Race Relations

Jonathan Merritt's article in The Atlantic is linked below.

The Atlantic's Jonathan Merritt: The Jim Crow South of Phil Robertson's Imagination

"When we hear many stories—stories like these and the thousands more like them—we see just how shocking Robertson’s assumption based on his single story really is. He may envision a Jim Crow South where blacks were treated well and sang happy spirituals all the day long, but this is not the South many African-Americans knew in this era."

---Jonathan Merritt, The Atlantic

Ta-Nehisi Coates' article in The Atlantic is linked below.

The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi: Phil Robertson Disturbing View of Southern History

"The belief that black people were at their best when they were being hunted down like dogs for the sin of insisting on citizenship is a persistent strain of thought in this country. This belief reflects the inability to cope with an America that is, at least rhetorically, committed to equality."

---Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic 

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