February 3 2017
These two tweets are a perfect distillation of one of the many things ailing “the left” these days:
It’s possible that Murtaza isn’t old enough to know what the “decades of struggle” he is talking about were actually about. They were not about getting racist speech out of the public sphere. They were about voting rights and discrimination in housing and employment.
One of the side effects was to make public expression of racism impolite and extremely unattractive and uncool.
People like Murtaza apparently think it’s the side effects that matter. And that politics can be conducted as a class in deportment and etiquette, and so long as saying racist things is uncool, all is right with the world.
Question: What if they instituted a new Jim Crow and no one ever said the n-word?