This leads Ann Althouse to write: “My question is: How did some people get to be considered the ‘good’ people in the first place? It’s that question that fires my antagonism to liberals. They think they are good.”

Given that so many are racist — by Coates’ own account, his wife is a racist who has been “at war” with white people since childhood — perhaps our whole approach has been wrong. Or perhaps some people profit too much by keeping racist fires fanned. And maybe too many of them are among the “good people.”

Plus, from the comments: “Time to extend the Voting Rights Act to New York. The place is chock full of racists!”

UPDATE: Another comment: “I wonder whether Coates has a good enough memory to imagine himself as a white, male college student on the Duke University LAX team.”