Ta-Nehisi Coates has accidentally hit upon a central Christian doctrine that Christians refuse to talk about: We are guilty, and we can do nothing about it.
Ta-Nehisi Coates has never been a policy wonk or a political organizer. He’s not a Marxist revolutionary like Cornel West. Coates is, more than anything else, a fine writer.
In a stunning work of narrative alchemy, Ta-Nehisi Coates turns every word and action of Donald Trump—and of the right—into a legacy of white supremacy.
Attacks on Confederate heritage have quickly evolved into attacks on American heritage, which was always the ultimate goal.
If we cannot resolve the tensions inside Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas, then we are compelled to judge which represents the best of his thought and action.
If we peek beneath the superficial postures of left-right politics, we will find the same fundamental mentality—the same eternal rage against the powers that be.
Democrats take black voters for granted while making laws that actively hurt them. That needs to end.
The Constitution says no religious test shall be required for political office. Nowhere does it say voters should ignore a politician’s beliefs.
The writings of Ta-Nehisi Coates often receive resounding acclaim from the liberal media. Here, Helen Andrews breaks down the cracks in his argument and explains why such praise is largely unwarranted.
The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates can utter a perfectly racist declaration in a national news magazine and receive no flak for it whatsoever.
Instead of being lured into a cycle of hostility on the Confederate flag, ask how we would deal with this in a spirit of goodwill?
In Baltimore, the government is confronted with a choice between two constituencies: unions and people in need.
Ta-Nehisi Coates wants to avoid hard questions because the case supporting the Baltimore riots is so weak.
The DOJ’s report on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson preserved the left’s narrative, at the cost of destroying the peace.
There are four major problems with justifying the violence in Ferguson by reference to the Boston Tea Party and the Stamp Act Riots, either in moral terms or in terms of effectiveness.
Actually, Americans talk about a great deal without having to be nagged to do so.
In “The Case for Reparations,” Ta-Nehisi Coates never makes the case for reparations. So what is the actual point of the article?
Coates has set hearts on fire by assuring readers there are still a few morsels of consciousness-raising sweetness left in the race-relations goodie box.
Fans are effusively praising Ta-Nehisi Coates’ call for reparations. A truly great essay should drive discussion, not end it in 140 characters or less.
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