This morning a friend sent this article from Princeton Alumni Weekly about the fallout from Professor Cornell West's criticism of President Obama:
West, who evidently felt miffed that Obama had not invited him to the inauguration despite his having campaigned for him, is quoted as saying that Obama had been "a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats."
In response, Princeton professor of African-American studies Melissa Harris-Perry (who recently left for Tulane) responded, "In a self-aggrandizing victimology sermon deceptively wrapped in the discourse of prophetic witness, Professor West offers thin criticism of President Obama and stunning insight into the delicate ego of the self-appointed black leadership class that has been largely supplanted in recent years."
My friend characterized the sentence as perfect, and said, "I guess you go to college to be able to write like that."
It was a well-written sentence. But actually, white people go to college to learn that they're not allowed to say things like that.