“Elegant racism is invisible, supple, and enduring. It disguises itself in the national vocabulary, avoids epithets and didacticism. Grace is the singular marker of elegant racism. One should never underestimate the touch needed to, say, injure the voting rights of black people without ever saying their names. Elegant racism lives at the border of white shame. Elegant racism was the poll tax. Elegant racism is voter-ID laws.” The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates argues that it’s easy to condemn folks like Donald Sterling while ignoring other less oafish forms of racism: This town needs a better class of racist.