"Moody’s piece is symptomatic of a theme of our moment, one that’s become both commonplace and under-examined—such that Moody’s condescension got past the editors of the Times Book Review. The theme is that race is destiny—in this case, aesthetic destiny. It’s not a new theme. It keeps reappearing in American culture. And it doesn’t always show up in the darkest times. More often, it arrives in periods of heightened awareness, openness, and expectation."