Ann Coulter’s Grand Illusions of Knowledge

“Yes, I know all about Blacks. I had sex with J.J. Walker. That counts, right?”

If a writer is supposed to write what they know, what do they write about if they don’t know anything about the subject?

They write books where they spout their opinion and hope no one notices their grasp on the facts is shaky.   Ann Coulter knows just enough about politics to get on television, but not enough that she should be taken seriously.  What she’s serious about is being the scourge of liberals everywhere questioning their intelligence, honesty, patriotism and reason to exist.

Mugged is Coulter’s ninth book.  I’ve read none of them and this one will not be where I start.   I’m not her target demographic.  I’m not White.  I’m not a conservative.  I think for myself.   That pretty makes me unsuitable for a Coulter fan.  I was going to quote something from Mugged, but then I shrugged and said, “Nah.  Why bother?”  If I’m not going to read it and I’m certainly not going to review it, why should I help promote yet another  “Obama ain’t shit” book full of right-wing revisionism?

The only reason for mentioning this witch in the first place is she was on ABC’s This Week to drum up interest in the book and in the process showed  off the ignorance of her bony ass.

“I think what — the way liberals have treated blacks like children and many of their policies have been harmful to blacks, at least they got the beneficiary group right,” Coulter said. “There is the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws. We don’t owe the homeless. We don’t owe feminists. We don’t owe women who are desirous of having abortions, but that’s — or — or gays who want to get married to one another. That’s what civil rights has become for much of the left.”

When asked whether immigrant rights were not civil rights, Coulter responded, “No. I think civil rights are for blacks… What have we done to the immigrants? We owe black people something. We have a legacy of slavery. Immigrants haven’t even been in this country.”

Ann is down for the chocolate.

This reflects a fundamental failure to grasp what the Civil Rights movement was waged for.   Blacks were certainly beneficiaries of the reforms brought about by the passage of the ’64 and ’65 Civil Rights Acts, but it was never the sole purpose to help only African-Americans.     Martin Luther King, Jr., made it plain when he said,   “If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.”    It wasn’t just the souls of Black folks that were on the line.   White folks were  doomed to be destroyed by their own racism as much as any Negro.   Only radical surgery to expel the cancer of racial hatred from the hearts of America could spare it from a second Civil War.

Ann Coulter wouldn’t know anything about that.

It’s past time to call out frauds like Coulter and their revisionist readings of history.   It’s time to call out these pseudo “experts” who are only out to hustle another damn dollar.  Let Coulter kick liberals around for fun and profit, but she’s in over her head and out of her depth on race matters.  There is an argument to be made for the positive role played by conservatives in the great struggle for civil rights, but there is nothing in her history that suggests Coulter is the best woman to tell that story.

Has she ever authored a scholarly paper?   Has she ever demonstrated any skill, aptitude or interest in the big and complicated issue of American race relations?   One of the first questions a literary agent asks any author is, “What qualifies you to write this book?”   Everything we know about Coulter disqualifies her from writing authoritatively about race matters.

Coulter’s audience is whomever buys her books and believes she’s a great thinker.  It’s a great scam and it’s made Coulter wealthier beyond belief or her meager talent.  She is what she calls others; a demagogue who will slag war heroes, 9/11 widows, or anyone else she can make a buck off of.   Coulter has nothing to give to any dialogue about race because lacks integrity she knows nothing about the subject.

Besides relentlessly scorning all things Obama, what has Coulter had to say about an issue this complex?  Only to speak approvingly of former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain by saying, “our blacks are so much better than their blacks” because “you have fought against probably your family, probably your neighbors… that’s why we have very impressive blacks.”

Speaking of a Black man as if he were a pet that learned a new trick isn’t any compliment and as far as deep, critical thinking it’s worthless.   Except for separating suckers from their cash, is there any reason for Mugged to exist?

Coulter’s audience is whomever buys her books and believes she’s a great thinker.  It’s a great scam and it’s made Coulter wealthier beyond belief or her meager talent.  She is what she calls others; a demagogue who will slag war heroes, 9/11 widows, or anyone else she can make a buck off of.   Coulter has nothing to give to any dialogue about race because lacks integrity she knows nothing about the subject.

The caution to “consider the source” has never been truer than when someone who is clueless about the complexities of American race relations seeks to expound on it.   What makes Coulter qualified to pontificate about it?

If the answer is “nothing” then let’s call Mugged out for what it is;  another cynical cash grab by Coulter that does nothing to bring the nation any closer to racial reconciliation, but will make her accountant very happy.

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