Bob Herbert laments the fixation Jayson Blair’s race. He writes: “Now this would be a juicy story under any circumstances. But Mr. Blair is black, so there is the additional spice of race, to which so many Americans are terminally addicted.”
I’m sorry. This is simply not a charge Bob Herbert gets to make. He writes about race whenever it suits his purposes. He cannot say that anyone else who takes an interest in race has an unhealthy addiction. If that were the case, Herbert’s addiction would have killed him a hundred times over already. Indeed, if race-talk is a drug, he’s a dealer.