David Brooks Writes About Race ‘While White,’ Twitter Erupts

Column about Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book sparks outrage

 

David Brooks wrote a column about race, and Twitter erupted accordingly. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons)

David Brooks wrote a column about race, and Twitter erupted accordingly. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons)

And we thought Gawker’s gay escort story would be the only thing to fire up media Twitter today.

Not for the first time, New York Times opinion columnist David Brooks is facing a storm of criticism after another seemingly tone deaf column. His latest piece, “Listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates While White,” details his experience reading Mr. Coates’ new book Between the World and Me, a racial history of the United States.

In the column, presented as a letter to the author, Mr. Brooks takes Mr. Coates to task for “rejecting” the American dream. Though he admits he could be accused of white privilege for this response, Mr. Brooks goes on to accuse Mr. Coates of distorting American history, saying that “a dream sullied is not a lie.”

The vast majority of comments on Twitter, the media sounding board, dismissed Mr. Brooks’ work as tasteless vitriol.

Here are some of the most passionate responses:

In one moment of self-reflection, Mr. Brooks concludes: “Maybe the right white response is just silence for a change.” Perhaps he should’ve listened to his own advice.

Mr. Brooks did not respond to a request for comment. David Brooks Writes About Race ‘While White,’ Twitter Erupts