Ta-Nehisi Coates


Critical Race Theory

In the run-up to the war with Iraq, Harry Belafonte, entertainer and potentate of the old black left, criticized Colin Powell for his role in the Bush administration war effort. Belafonte implied that Powell was a house slave, President Bush the master, and 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the big house. “In the days of slavery, there… Read more »

House Negro

J. C. Watt’s Memoir, What Color is a Conservative? should be a primary text for Republicans dumbfounded by black America’s loyalty to the Democratic Party . Perhaps more than any other book in recent memory, Color effectively demonstrates why African Americans recoil in horror when “Republican” is preceded by the adjective “black .” By no… Read more »

Dear Mr. President: From a Black Dude

The signs are everywhere. In the 2000 election, you received a measly 8 percent of the black vote—a dubious distinction only surpassed in 1964 by the hated Barry Goldwater, who, of course, lost the election. A poll taken shortly after the election noted that some 8 out of 10 African Americans believed that you were… Read more »

Black and Blue

Jones’ fear of police didn’t match his profile. He was a Howard University student, a father, and a man of faith who never hesitated to dispense a religious aphorism to friends. He was also a fitness freak and personal trainer at Bally’s Total Fitness. After leaving Howard, Jones became engaged to the mother of his… Read more »