Why is this guy allowed to write in the newspaper? Seriously, this is one of the craziest paragraphs I’ve ever read:
I sometimes think I have spent years unlearning what I learned earlier in my life. For instance, it was not George A. Custer who was attacked at the Little Bighorn. It was Custer — in a bad career move — who attacked the Indians. Much more important, slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks. Slavery was a lifetime’s condemnation to an often violent hell in which people were deprived of life, liberty and, too often, their own children. Happiness could not be pursued after that.
When exactly did Richard Cohen believe that “blacks were sort of content” as slaves? And when did he think that slave owners were “mostly nice people — fellow Americans, after all”?
Apparently, not until he viewed the film 12 Years a Slave.