On Haley Barbour And Chris Rock

Both Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jamelle Bouie believe Haley Barbour deserves credit for conceding that slavery was a major cause of the Civil War.


I’m inclined to quote Chris Rock here:

N—– always want credit for some shit they supposed to do. A n—- will brag about some shit a normal man just does. A n—- will say some shit like, “I take care of my kids.” You’re supposed to, you dumb motherfucker! What kind of ignorant shit is that? “I ain’t never been to jail!” What do you want, a cookie?! You’re not supposed to go to jail, you low-expectation-having motherfucker!

That slavery was behind the Civil War isn’t a radical notion. I don’t care if the concept is unpopular in the south. It’s a fact, it is basic U.S. history. Haley Barbour, who is no good on race, shouldn’t get credit for noting something everyone with a brain knows.