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Ta-Nehisi Coates Tops The Root 's100 List Of Black Influencers

The Root | Posted 09.11.2014 | Black Voices

Who are today’s standout black leaders, innovators and culture shapers? Who are the most influential African Americans 45 and under? To answer ...

It's Hard To Learn A New Language. But It's Way Harder To Learn A New Culture.

The Atlantic | Ta-Nehisi Coates | Posted 09.01.2014 | Black Voices

I spent the majority of this summer at Middlebury College, studying at l’École Française. I had never been to Vermont. I have not been many places...

Fear of the Case for Reparations

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel Moulthrop

Last week, Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates emerged from the self-imposed reclusiveness that followed his landmark essay "The Case for Reparati...

On the Importance of Mirrors for Students (and Teachers)

Gregory Michie | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Gregory Michie

To say that a teacher's race is of no importance -- especially in schools where most of the kids are black or Latino -- is to pretend that education in the U.S. exists in a post-racial dreamworld.

Ta-Nehisi Coates' Struggle On The Road To Becoming A Household Name

The Washington Post | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices

He paid to get here. Paid with the skull-rattling pain of a metal trash can clattering down hard onto his head when he was a kid racing from thugs in ...

When Rights Collide

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

When the rights of groups conflict, it makes little sense that the historically privileged should be deemed the aggrieved party. But courtrooms and legislatures are not our only ground. We must reach in honesty and clarity across the social divide.

Our Fearful Inheritance: What the Case for Reparations Means for Jail and Prison Reform

John Maki | Posted 08.12.2014 | Chicago
John Maki

In the story of North Lawndale and what it represents, the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center stands for more than the bleak prospects of the neighborhood's young people. The facility is at once a product of the history that Ta-Nehisi Coates chronicles in "The Case for Reparations" and one of most perversely effective methods we use to avoid acknowledging it.

Guns vs. Misogyny vs. Mental Illness: A False Choice

Briallen Hopper | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Briallen Hopper

In the wake of last week's massacre at UCSB, people have been arguing about what the tragedy was "really" about. The "#YesAllWomen" campaign blames mi...

Emily Swanson

Americans Can't Even Stomach An Apology For Slavery, Much Less Reparations | Emily Swanson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

In a cover story in The Atlantic last week, Ta-Nehisi Coates built a powerful argument for the U.S. government making reparations to black Americans, ...

Racism & Bias -- Can We Pause and Be Honest with Ourselves?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We cannot continue to deceive ourselves that we are somehow 'post-racial'. It's going to take courage to be honest about our challenges and create resolutions that can truly move us towards greater equality.

Reparations and Obama

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The story that troubles me is what occurred under America's first African-American president, in our own time. I refer to the preventable catastrophe of the wipe-out of black home equity. Beginning in the 1970s, when the Federal government finally stopped colluding in racial redlining, black families at last got a reasonable shot at accumulating wealth via the dream of homeownership -- assets for one's old age and something to pass along to one's children. One of the most disgusting slanders by the right against low-income people and especially African Americans is the claim that the subprime collapse resulted from the government pressuring lenders to loan to unqualified borrowers. The vast majority of subprime loans were written by mortgage companies not even covered by federal law. Subprime was a scheme originated on Wall Street to profit from deceiving borrowers.

Watch: Facing the Truth: The Case for Reparations

Bill Moyers | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine, thinks it's time for a bold step to change the way we talk and think about race in America. This week, I speak to Coates about his June cover story for the magazine, provocatively titled "The Case for Reparations."

The Case for Reparations

The Atlantic | Ta-Nehisi Coates | Posted 05.22.2014 | Black Voices

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we ...

The Real Problem With Sterling And Bundy

The Atlantic | Ta-Nehisi Coates | Posted 05.01.2014 | Black Voices

The problem with Cliven Bundy isn't that he is a racist but that he is an oafish racist. He invokes the crudest stereotypes, like cotton picking. This...

WATCH: Why President Obama Never Talks About Race

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact

In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict, Ta-Nehisi Coates' interview with The Huffington Post at the Aspen Ideas festival last month is strange...

Lessons In Discipline: What LGBT Rights Advocates Can Learn From Shirley Sherrod

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Reactions to the financing of anti-gay groups by Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy included ill-considered behavior by some on the pro-LGBT side that played into the hands of our opponents, who are always looking for excuses to portray themselves as victims.

Obama and Race: The Triple Standard

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Peter S. Goodman

Ta-Nehisi Coates has done a great public service with his latest offering in The Atlantic, a powerful exploration of the racial fault lines that President Barack Obama must perpetually negotiate, limiting his potency on a range of crucial issues.

PostBourgie: Giving Up Football, And Losing A Language

Gene Demby | Posted 07.28.2012 | Black Voices
Gene Demby

The cloud of chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- the concussion-related brain disease that had led to mental illness and Alzheimer's-like symptoms -- hangs over the apparent suicide of Junior Seau, one of the N.F.L.'s great linebackers. The news was the final straw for Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic, who wrote that he could no longer find enjoyment in watching football with the increasingly grim prospects for its long-term practitioners, and so he was giving it up.

Zadie Smith, Chuck Klosterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

OK, so you may remember that a few months back a little magazine called The New Yorker decided to make a list of 20 top fiction writers under the age ...

Does Obama Love Lil Wayne Or What?

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Danny Groner

During a much-discussed Rolling Stone interview, President Obama was asked what's on his iPod. He named artists and bands that reflect an eclectic mix...

Is This The End Of The "Tough Guy" President?

Ron Mwangaguhunga | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Mwangaguhunga

The testosterone party is over. And not a moment too soon. America is looking for another type of President, a multilateralist -- flexible, able to admit his or her error, self-examined, and intellectual.