In my first essay for The Atlantic, I give advice to Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren about how to turn the controversy surrounding her campaign into an advantage — seizing this important opportunity to talk about race, class and opportunity in America. Here’s an excerpt:
I am proud of my family and to align myself with the economic and political struggles of people of color which, I believe, represents the very best of what our nation stands for — the enduring principle, and still elusive promise, that all of us are created equal and that race, gender or economic status should never unfairly prejudice our pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
But the implications of my opponent’s smear — that by supporting opportunities for people of color I am somehow opposing opportunity for working class white folks — could not be further off base. After all, there is no disputing my working class roots nor the fact that, whatever my heritage, I am also white. I personally known the frustrations of working class and poor white folks in our state and our country who feel like they can’t catch a break in our broken economy.
You can read the entire essay here.
The media insider website Mediaite picked up on my debate with Michelle Malkin yesterday. Here’s my favorite part of the piece:
“You’re a coward,” Malkin said.
“I’m not entirely sure I know how to respond,” Kohn replied. She apologized to Malkin but her apology was rejected. “I’m a naïve idealist who believes in America that we can uphold the tradition of our founders that we can disagree with each other,” said Kohn.
Hannity did say that Malkin should accept Kohn’s apology, but she refused. “This is all kabuki theater,” said Malkin. “She’s not going to be happy until we are all completely politically and ideologically lobotomized and only speak in dulcet tones the way that NPR hosts do.”
You can read their coverage here.
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