1) to write that black people are cowards as a means to say, “no but all people are cowards,” is sensationalist bullshit grounded in the belief that the kinds of black people he describes - those that watch reality tv, for example - *are* in fact pathological
2) it’s moralizing. he speaks as if he occupies a place outside capitalism, that he doesn’t work for or with folks that pathologize black life. i call bullshit because the article itself relies on an uninterrogated kind of black person - for him, the coward - from which he must distance himself while not interrogating in any serious way the political economy which produces the marginalization folks experience. (and his inclusion of Michelle Alexander doesn’t count because it is a total disregard to folks that have been engaged in anti-prison work for yeaaars … Michelle’s work doesn’t mention folks like Angela Davis or Ruthie Wilson Gilmore in any serious way, meaning she, like dude in his article, believe they’re saying some cutting edge new shit. but nope. it ain’t.)
3) there is also a clear misunderstanding of the activism that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. it’s wrong to represent it as a popular movement wherein there were no arguments about strategy. it was a slow movement that included all sorta of behaviors, sartorial stylings included (which is why the afro was such a political act, for example). and lots of people worked for racist assholes even during the nadir of the movement. majority of folks ain’t quit jobs because they likewise wanted to feed families.
4) as many have said, this is uninterrogated victim blaming. if women would just stop wearing the wrong kinds of clothes, they would not be victim of sexual violence. if gays and lesbians and trans people would simply pray their pathology away, homo and transphobia would cease. if only black basketball players would wear suits, ties and dress shoes to the stadium - and not jeans and t-shirts - folks would stop being racist against them.
but no. in each case, that isn’t true. maybe women are cowards by continuing to work after being harrassed. and lgbt folks are cowards by comtinuing to go to churches that hate them.
but i suspect, unlike dude’s article, life is far more complex than sensational headlines for Gawker.