Mr. Coates and Mr. Cosby

This morning I sat down at my computer and thought, “I haven’t read anything by Ta-Nehisi Coates in a while.”
See, whether or not you agree with what Mr. Coates writes, he you are always better off for having read him. So I checked theatlantic.com, where you can find most of his works. There he was. Main story on the page. And he’s writing about Bill Cosby, to boot.
This promised to be good.

Coates didn’t disappoint; which brings us to our Sentence of the Day.

Coates writes about some of the double standards when it comes to crime and race and then gives you this:

Brutality is brutality, and it always rests on a bed of lies.

It makes one think of the second most powerful speech* ever given by an American politician.

Every weekday, The Southpaw finds a sentence that grips him. It could be through its language or the ideas it carries that he finds interesting. It could be a piece of dialogue from a movie, an excerpt from a book or a lyric from a song.

* The Gettysburg Address is tops. Of course, we have no recording of Lincoln giving it; but I often wonder if it would lose its luster if we heard his voice and didn’t have to hear it in our own voices.

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Mr. Coates and Mr. Cosby

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