HL 41 – On the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Newark Riots, Which is Less Productive, David Brooks’ White Guilt or Ras Baraka’s Revisionist History?
Adapting a platitude from the formative 1960s, I’ll just croon that some of my best friends are people I’ve never met, white, black and other. Though a security camera might reveal me chatting a few times with columnist David Brooks in front of 1601 Eye Street in D.C., when we both worked there. Brooks’ July 11, 2017 Times Op-Ed “How We are Ruining America” and my unmet black friend, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s remembrance of the July 12, 1967 Newark riots (three years before his birth) formulated the question posed in HL 41’s title. Like the “best friends” cliché, I am constrained to add another, I think Baraka and Brooks generally do their jobs very well. […]