on the American Dream and black bodies

From what I can tell from current writing, racialists today seem to have fixated on a notion that a black person is reduced in the mind of everyone else to merely their body. Thus a “black body” is just an object to be ignored, or used, or oppressed, but doesn’t represent a human person.

One person who uses this notion is Ta-Nehisi Coates. He’s become well-known and highly lauded among the Left for his denunciation of American society as fundamentally and essentially racist and oppressive to black people.

There is an open letter to Mr. Coates, written by a black man from Jamaica, an immigrant who is now an American citizen, which presents a rather stark contrasting perspective to that of Mr. Coates. It’s worth your time and attention. Please read the whole thing.

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