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June 23, 2019


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Since Typepad confounds me once again, I’ll comment in this manner. I’m historically a big fan of Appiah’s reasoning generally, but here he seems to tread too closely to a general case of the ‘white savior’ concept. I think that what people find so odious about Biden’s comment is that his ability to brush off the underlying philosophies of Eastland, Talmadge, and their like is a function of his whiteness. (And I’m generally a Biden fan, mind you.) I’m also a (big) fan of Lyndon Johnson, especially for what he did for black and brown people, but he’s not my model of a savior. While we sometimes have to settle for the saviors we’ve got, it’s always worth considering if we could do better, and that seems to me to be at the root of the criticism of Biden. Feel free to include this as a comment in your post if you can navigate Typepad better than I can.

Jonas, I liked your comment that "we sometimes have to settle for the saviors we've got..." I think that is generally true, not just true in this case. Yes, we can always hope for better, and in the process let's not let the best be the enemy of the good.... Cheers, JW

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