The Biggest Display of the Bigotry of Low Expectations

3 min readJan 6
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Presidential speech writer Michael Gerson coined the phrase: the soft bigotry of low expectations. Gerson was referring to white progressives who expect less from black youth because they suffer from the historical effects of racism and poverty.

Gerson’s concept was on full display during the early stages of the Black Lives Matter movement.


J. Pharoah Doss is a columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier.