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Ta-Nehisi Coates

8 articles

Acting French

On learning a new language, a new culture, and why “it must never be concluded that an urge toward the cosmopolitan, toward true education, will make people stop hitting you.”


Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?

“We are invited to listen, but never to truly join the narrative, for to speak as the slave would, to say that we are as happy for the Civil War as most Americans are for the Revolutionary War, is to rupture the narrative.”


The Case for Reparations

"Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole."


The Champion Barack Obama

How Black America talks to the White House.


Confessions of a Black Mr. Mom

An essay on African-American fatherhood.


Fear of a Black President

The false promise and double standard of integration in the Obama era.


The Legacy of Malcolm X

As surely as 2008 was made possible by black people’s long fight to be publicly American, it was also made possible by those same Americans’ long fight to be publicly black. That latter fight belongs especially to one man, as does the sight of a first family bearing an African name. Barack Obama is the president. But it’s Malcolm X’s America.

“This Is How We Lost to the White Man”

The audacity of Bill Cosby’s black conservatism.