In the online spat between Cornel West and Ta-Nehisi Coates, West is softening up and giving a page number now. This does not change two things, though:
1. West did not read more than the title We Were Eight Years in Power when he first commented on Coates and translated his beef with Obama to the book. He did not read the first page where Coates explains the quote where he got the ‘eight years’ and ‘good negro government.’ Now that he’s been caught with his exegetical pants down, he’s read more of the book – up to page 103. Good for him.
Also, the whole thing with Richard Spencer dogpiling with West, along with feminists and leftists, is such a red herring, and Coates knows it. He also knows that West’s review in the Guardian was absolute crap because every single accusation he threw at Coates was factually wrong. Calling out West and the radical Left for cavorting with white supremacists might indeed be born of frustration, but the real problem really seems to be the atheism. Having abandoned his black nationalism with African folk religion, Coates doesn’t have much of a spiritual core from which he writes. Obama’s strategic political calculations about the black church are much the same way. West sees this malaise and calls him out. Spencer also sees this malaise, but it is as a mirror for his own empty existence.
The result? Coates leaves Twitter. Therefore, he will be more productive than he has ever been, without all the distractions that social media have afforded him. Let us pray that he finds his theological core.