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TA-NEHISI COATES’ EVOLUTION…">OBAMA, TRUMP & TA-NEHISI COATES’ EVOLUTION…

October 9th, 2017

Ta-Nehisi Coates is tired. Really, really tired, and the mantles dropped on his shoulders by the likes of Toni Morrison, The New York Times and the MacArthur Foundation are not making his life easier. The man just wants to write, damn it! After publishing yet another insightful essay in The Atlantic and a third book […]

TA-NEHISI COATES THIS EVENING…">I’M LISTENING TO TA-NEHISI COATES THIS EVENING…

October 3rd, 2017

TIMEMARK 7:25—Great writing is necessarily a selfish act. You have something inside you that you are trying to express, or a question that you are trying to answer and you hope that the answer you produce resonates with a wider audience. TIMEMARK 45:10—Joshua Johnson: What gives you the most hope? Ta-Nehisi Coats: I get this […]

TA-NEHISI COATES ON BEN CARSON…">TA-NEHISI COATES ON BEN CARSON…

September 22nd, 2015

Yesterday presidential candidate Ben Carson was asked if he could ever support a Muslim president. Carson, channeling a significant portion of the American electorate, said that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” This proclamation is presently receiving the rebuke that it deserves, though it could stand for […]

TA-NEHISI COATES ON COMFORTABLE HISTORY…">TA-NEHISI COATES ON COMFORTABLE HISTORY

March 1st, 2015

In cross-reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Case For Reparations in the June issue of The Atlantic with the online version, I found this sidebar/precursor dating from 22 January 2012:Crowd-Sourcing American History in which Coates writes, in part: I’ve been thinking about that some in my posts on Ron Paul, Howard Zinn and the issue of compensated […]

COATES: I WILL BE VOTING FOR SENATOR SANDERS…">COATES: I WILL BE VOTING FOR SENATOR SANDERS…

February 14th, 2016

I give Ta-Nehisi Coates major chops for not ducking the question and for so clearly articulating the stance, in a politics rendered dichotomous by so many, that we can support a candidate with whom we are not in 100 percent agreement. Coates goes on to explain his discomfort in Against Endorsements where he writes: Amy […]

TA-NEHISI ON AMERICAN PRISONS…">BERNIE AND TA-NEHISI ON AMERICAN PRISONS…

September 23rd, 2015

Yesterday I finished reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration (the paper version, The Atlantic is my sole magazine subscription these days) and then this morning I find Bernie Sanders’ We Must End For-Profit Prisons. Bernie: The United States is experiencing a major human tragedy. We have more people in […]

TA-NEHISI GOES THERE…">TA-NEHISI GOES THERE…

June 1st, 2009

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes: One argument, I guess, is that a moral prohibition against all murder guides the pro-life movement. Hence taking a life, to save a life is just as wrong. Of course we know that many pro-lifers don’t actually believe that, because that would require religious conservatives to be both pro-life and anti-death penalty. […]

IS TRUMP CHANNELING BARNEY STINSON…?

October 20th, 2017

Today, in talking with one of my students I shared a personal idea about President Donald John Trump for which I have absolutely no evidence. My thought, not unique to me [see update below], I know, is that Trump’s whole reason for becoming president was so that he could get even with President Barack Hussein […]

TRUMP’S IDEOLOGY IS WHITE SUPREMACY…

September 14th, 2017

So, if I had read this story yesterday, I might have read a paragraph or two and moved on. Today, however, I’ve read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest (see below) and I have to view the story through a different lens. I’ve said before, and I still believe my thoughts to be true and honest, that the […]

WE LABOR IN THE DARK…

September 10th, 2017

I finished Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance yesterday and for the first time in many years, perhaps decades, I truly came across a new, for me, way to look at planning and goal setting. For most of my life I have relied on the wisdom of Charles Hobbs as recorded in […]

AN EXIT INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA…

January 24th, 2017

The president’s thoughts in this video come from a series of interviews—‘The Filter…Is Powerful’: Obama on Race, Media, and What It Took to Win; ‘Better Is Good’: Obama on Reparations, Civil Rights, and the Art of the Possible; ‘It’s What We Do More Than What We Say’: Obama on Race, Identity, and the Way Forward; […]

ANNDDD… I’M BACK…

November 25th, 2016

As promised, I’m back from a mini-retreat from the news, but over the course of the last 16 days a lot of news was published and guess what? My world didn’t collapse. So I’ve decided to ease my way back in over the balance of 2016 and decide, probably somewhere short of my previous deep […]

WE MUST STOP CENSORING THE USE OF NIGGER

September 28th, 2016

When I was seven or eight, one of my aunts gave me a globe of the world for Christmas. I immediately sat down and started running my finger over the surface, reading the strange country names. When I got to West Africa I found Nigeria and Niger. I proclaimed to the room, Look! There’s a […]

HAS TRUMP LIFTED UP THE DEPLORABLES…?

September 11th, 2016

You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only […]

CLEVELAND AVOIDS RIOTS, YEA US…!

August 10th, 2016

Clevelanders, and the rest of America to a lesser degree, breathed a great sigh of relief when the last delegates to the Republican National Convention fled our city for whatever safer and saner gated community they live in because there was no riot. Seriously, that has become the standard of success. We hosted a national […]

THERE IS NO MONOLITHIC BLACK VOTE…

February 25th, 2016

The headline on Steven Thrasher’s latest column in The Guardian, Black thinkers like Bernie Sanders. They’ve studied the Clintons’ true cost, is unfortunate. In defense of Thrasher, headlines typically come from the copy desk and not from the writer, but he used the phrase within his column, so he has to own the implications. Here’s […]

ERICA GARDNER AND BERNIE SANDERS…

February 12th, 2016

Erica Gardner writes in Black lives like my father’s should matter. That’s why I’m endorsing Bernie Sanders. for The Washington Post writes: When I talk to other black voters about this year’s presidential election, some seem ready to dismiss it. Why, they ask, should we continue to put our faith in a system that continues […]

HOW DID THE HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORK OUT…?

December 14th, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writing in Hope and the Historian for The Atlantic, concludes: I think that a writer wedded to “hope” is ultimately divorced from “truth.” Two creeds can’t occupy the same place at the same time. If your writing must be hopeful, then there’s only room for the kind of evidence which verifies your premise. […]

TAMIR TO WALTER TO SANDY HOOK TO TRAYVON…?

October 12th, 2015

A prosecutor and an FBI agent—two people obviously without bias in the matter of a shooting by Cleveland police officer Tim Loehmann—found that Loehmann acted reasonably in deciding last year to shoot when he confronted the 12-year-old boy carrying what turned out to be a replica gun. No amount of sarcasm or snark can be […]

PROFIT FROM SLAVERY IS ILL-GOTTEN GAIN…

September 29th, 2015

MacArthur fellow genius Ta-Nehisi Coates set the bar for the discussion of reparations in 2014 when The Atlantic published his cover story: The Case for Reparations. On the eve of his first official visit to former British colony Jamaica, British Prime Minister David Cameron faces calls for his government to pay billion in reparations to […]

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