Look at the cute little dancing white people by mattsteinglass
April 13, 2009, 4:33 pm
Filed under: Oddities

In a blog post that can only be described as groundbreaking, Ta-Nehisi Coates imagines white people as uncomplicated pre-lapsarian noble savages because we suck at dancing, and are thus free to simply be in our bodies — we are for others what we are for ourselves. Black people, on the other hand, suffer from an inevitable divided consciousness when they dance, because they’re good at it and are thus subject to expectations, becoming reflective, involved, and caught up in the whole Hegelian dialectic of consciousness. (As evidence he adduces this video of Karen O of the “Yeah Yeah Yeahs” bobbing around like an idiot.) Having flipped the script on the entire history of post-Columbian European racialist culture, TNC then takes off for Easter.


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