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Ta-Nehisi Coates Is an Optimist Now

Eric Levitz New York magazine
A conversation about the revived debate over reparations, the 2020 Democratic primary, and the power of pop culture to advance progressive change

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Why Do White People Like What I Write?

Pankaj Mishra London Review of Books
Writers once busy in prestigious magazines rationalizing war and torture are now confronting the obdurate pathologies of American life that stem from America’s original racial sin. Coates wonders why those once fierce in defending bloody imperial missions now embrace him for describing American power from the rare standpoint of its internal victims. Yet the danger for Coates is not so much seduction by power as a distorted perspective caused by proximity to it.

Tidbits - December 28, 2017 - Reader Comments: Poverty in the U.S.; Refugees; Coates and West; Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers; AI Jobs; Russia and Korea; Catalonia and Spain; Chicago and HUAC; and more...

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Reader Comments: Poverty - Running thru the U.S.; Refugees; Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cornel West; Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers; AI Jobs Revolution and nature of work and workers; Russia and Korea; Catalonia and Spain; Portside's New Look; Subversive Involvement: Chicago and HUAC - Tribute to Dr. Quentin Young - Chicago - January 12

Ta-Nehisi Coates & Cornel West: Black Academics and Activists Give Their Verdict

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cornel Wes Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cornel West. ‘We cannot simply abandon debate when it has become intense.’ Composite: Andre Chung/WashintMelvin Rogers, Patrisse Cullors, Carol Anderson, Shailja Patel The Guardian
Commentators Melvin Rogers, Patrisse Cullors, Carol Anderson and Shailja Patel discuss the impact of the debate and struggle for racial equality.

Racism May Have Gotten Us Into This Mess, But Identity Politics Can’t Get Us Out

Briahna Joy Gray New York Magazine
It’s often argued that centering economics means abandoning racial or other identity groups that have fought hard for well-deserved political leverage. But political messaging is not a zero-sum game. The question is not “identity politics or economic justice,” but how to adopt a complementary union of the two.

The First White President

Ta-Nehisi Coates The Atlantic
The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.

The Making of a Black President

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jackie Lay The Atlantic
Ta-Nehisi Coates explores President Barack Obama’s journey to the White House

Friday Nite Videos -- December 16, 2016

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Daryl Davis, Race & America | Movie Trailer. Everybody Knows | Leonard Cohen. ¡Cuba! Exhibition Now Open. The Brilliant Life of Ada Lovelace #OrdinaryWomen. My President Was Black.
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