I used to read a ton of this sort of crap, and what’s worse, I believed it. The result of the ton of readings was that I was persuaded that there were no black people in the suburbs because they all lived in The Wire-sque ghettos.
Then I actually moved to the suburbs in a deep red area and found out how wrong I’d been. I discovered that there is a robust African American middle class that lives in the suburbs in beautiful big houses with enormous lawns. I now feel like a dumb racist fuck for allowing an offensive image of black people to be implanted in my head. My only excuse is that I’m an immigrant, and it took me a while to make the money to actually move to the suburbs and see for myself.
Mind you, this all happened long before I read or watched any conservative or even centrist media. It was only after I started to suspect that something was wrong with my favorite The Nation that I decided to give a try to American Conservative. For years, I’d only read sources like The Nation, Jacobin, and Feministing, and wouldn’t even touch anything like Washington Post because I thought it was a mouthpiece of rabid religious fanatics.
This is the most insidious kind of racism, by the way. This strand of liberalism is so invested into pitying African Americans that its adepts produce a skewed image which does enormous harm.
And they do the same thing for immigrants in intellectual professions