Baltimore-born, award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates doesn’t accept Sen. Bernie Sanders’s justification for opposing reparations for slavery. And he penned a fierce and well-reasoned rebuttal for The Atlantic.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates came home on Thursday to discuss issues of race in America. The Atlantic writer is a national authority on the topic, but the events that surrounded the talk undoubtedly hit close on a personal level, as Coates grew up in the West Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested.
I’m a big fan of Ta-Nehisi Coates, the Atlantic columnist/memoirist/all around sharp guy. Late last week, someone wrote in and asked him what he’d tell the graduating class at Poly, his alma mater, if he was invited back to give a speech. First, Coates points out that while at Poly he failed English, got suspended for assaulting a teacher, and was eventually asked to leave the school (twice!). “So, you see, it is highly unlikely that I would ever be invited back to Poly to address the students,” he writes. (In his stead, he nominates his older brother Malik, a Poly grad who now works for Dreamworks.) But then he goes on to sketch out the sort of speech he would give, if presented with the chance to speak to a class of Baltimore high school students — and it’s pretty rad.
I just came across this provocative opinion piece from Atlantic senior editor Ta-Nehisi Coates in the New York Times. Coates gives his take on Dr. Ben Carson’s sudden celebrity within conservative circles. According to Coates it’s mostly due to his status as a bona fide conservative black man willing to call liberals “the most racist people there are” and to characterize the outrage at his recent comparison of gay marriage to bestiality and pedophilia as an attempt to keep him on the “plantation.”