Ta-Nehisi Coates

Misunderstanding blackfolks

Misunderstanding blackfolks

It is too easy to view the verbal tirade of Ta-Nehisi Coates against the radical bona fides of Bernie Sanders from the perspective of Democratic presidential battle lines and, if you "feel the Bern," to immediately decry Coates as a threat to Sanders successfully wooing black voters.

Mind you, few people beyond Sanders and Hillary Clinton partisans, political junkies and Coates fans even know about, much less care about, this teacup kerfuffle. But the alarm—the sense of betrayal from the allied camp—misses Coates' point while also insulting the intelligence of prospective black voters.

Let me start with the notion that Coates singled out Sanders...