My recent anti-racialist rants are stemming from a new vein of Twitterings I've been mining. I came across a particularly clever retort by a chap and so I checked out his feed. It looked interesting, so I followed him and he returned the favor. Over a couple of days, I noticed him responding to some "diversity" nonsense with whites-are-being-persecuted rubbish of his own. Nauseating. Looking through some of his friends, there's more of it there.
His particular racialist bent is retaliatory. It's always in response to someone else, but that just makes it retaliatory evil, it doesn't take away the fact that it's evil. The stuff that triggers him is evil as well, of course.
Trying to back up from the situation, it occurred to me that what this dingbat and Ta-Nehisi Coates have in common is that they want to wrap themselves in the mantle of others' achievements. Coates wasn't a slave in Mississippi in the 1850s and this jerk didn't write Shakespeare's plays. You can only take credit and have genuine, valid pride in what you have done, not what others' have done.
I wondered how Beethoven or the Mississippi slave would feel if someone who was relatively unaccomplished or free of worries slapped them on the back like the cheap, lazy opportunists they are and said, "Yeah, man, it's you and me all the way, right? You and me!"
It reminded me of this Monty Python sketch. Enjoy.