BOIS: 'The Atlantic' Should Fire Ta-Nahisi Coates: 9/11 First Responders 'Were Not Human To Me'

"They were not human to me"

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates attends a panel at The Apollo Theater on February 27, 2018 in New York City.
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After a hard-fought social media campaign on behalf of leftist trolls, The Atlantic announced they will be firing National Review columnist Kevin Williamson just weeks after hiring him on staff to provide a conservative perspective.

Now, none of what I am about to say in any way endorses what Williamson has said, or is alleged to have said, in the past. As a Catholic who abhors abortion to my very core, I particularly take serious issue with Kevin Williamson saying in a 2014 podcast that women who have abortions should be hanged. I cannot address every grievance (real or imagined) the Left has brought against Williamson for utterances made throughout his career, so I will only address The Atlantic's hypocrisy.

As a private company, The Atlantic, headed by Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg, has every right to hire or fire whomever it wishes for whatever reason. However, what the company cannot do is claim it fired Kevin Williamson for past comments that "runs contrary to The Atlantic’s tradition of respectful, well-reasoned debate, and to the values of our workplace" while simultaneously employing the likes of Ta-Nahisi Coates.

Ta-Nahisi Coates bills himself as a formidable commentator on race relations, known for such thought-provoking headlines like "Donald Trump Is The First White President" and "The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness." Needless to say, Coates views everything in his life through the prism of race.

Interestingly, though, in his 152-page autobiography, "Between the World and Me," Coates describes a childhood rife with violent abuse at the hands of his father and other black people for a full 95 pages before finally arriving at the first instance of a white person ever mistreating him: when an Upper West Side Manhattanite "real housewife" doppelganger rudely pushed his son out of an elevator. Of course, rather than write the woman off as just another rude Manhattanite (there are plenty of them), Coates instead found her guilty of "pulling rank" and invoking her “right over the body of my son." Basically, some rude white woman who probably pushed six other parents' kids out of elevators that day was indicative of white privilege.

Coates' systemic racism narrative reaches such toxic levels that in the very same book he described 9/11 first responders as being "not human" for their playing a part in the oppressive system he envisions.

"They were not human to me," Coates wrote. "Black, white, or whatever, they were menaces of nature; they were the fire, the comet, the storm, which could — with no justification — shatter my body."

Let the record show that The Atlantic willfully keeps in their employment a man who denied the humanity of several men and women who died in the deadliest terror attack on American soil. Let it also show that during the Baltimore riots, Coates also openly advocated for violence against the police, referring to the call for nonviolence as both a "con" and a "ruse" that should be disregarded:

When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is “correct” or “wise,” any more than a forest fire can be “correct” or “wise.” Wisdom isn’t the point tonight. Disrespect is. In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the community.

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