Quote of the day

Ta-Nehisi Coates:

Moreover, I think we often overstate the difficulty of not uttering foolish thoughts. Every one of us has, at one time or another, thought something truly abominable. But we’ve generally learned not to speak those thoughts, not simply out of politeness, but because we know that most of those thoughts are demonstrably wrong. We are, in other words, not just concerned with hurting people feelings, we’re concerned with sounding like idiots. Among people who talk for a living, one would hope that the sense would be better developed–not less. I’m a writer. The bar for me clearly and intelligently expressing myself should be higher, not lower, than someone penning a letter to their Congressman.
Which bloggers at the Atlantic agree with this? Goldberg and Fallows, probably.
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