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Email Bestselling author Ta-Nehisi Coates pulls no punches in his writings about race relations in America. This morning, he discusses the fine print with our Martha Teichner: It's not all that often that a guy who writes about race can sell out a 3,seat theater … on a weeknight, especially.
But Ta-Nehisi Coates routinely has fans -- as many white as black -- lined up around the block for tough talk some Americans might be uncomfortable hearing. Teichner asked Coates, "Who is your audience? I mean, I'm not surprised anymore, but initially I was very surprised. His last, a letter to his son about the hazards of being a black male in America "Between the World and Me"spent 80 weeks on The New York Times list.
The nakedness is not an error, nor pathology. The nakedness is the correct and intended result of policy, the predictable upshot of people forced for centuries to live under fear. I don't want them to read what I'm writing and just say, 'I think that's right' and agree with me.
I want them to read something and then walk away and be haunted by it. His father, Paul Coates, a one-time Black Panther, published forgotten African-American writers in his basement, and worked for years as a research librarian at historically black Howard University, in Washington, D.
CBS News Touring the university's library, where Ta-Nehisi would come as a child with his father, Paul Coates said, "Much of this collection is older than the university. It's older than years; it goes back to the abolitionist period.
I feel that energy when I enter this space. I felt liberated in here. Although he didn't graduate, it was at Howard that he began to write, and where he made friends with another student, Prince Jones, whose killing by police in as he drove to his fiance's home, galvanized Coates' rage, and made him the writer he is now.
I'm not being abstract, you know. I'm talking about something that, you know, is a part of my life. To Coates, "the very idea of uplift is the thing that is most threatening.
An excerpt from the new book, published recently in The Atlantic, contends that Donald Trump couldn't have been elected had his predecessor not been Barack Obama. Black people have been fighting for basic citizenship rights since the inception of the country.
It doesn't sound so good when you say it like that! I hope one day that's not true. But I think there's a broad amount of evidence to suggest that it is. He's embarrassed that he's become a kind of celebrity intellectual. His writing is required or recommended reading in at least colleges and universities across the country, including Tulane University in New Orleans.
One Tulane student said, "I kept expecting, like, 'this is what we need to do to change this.
He's popular in spite of offering no solutions, no happy endings. Appearing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," the host asked Coates, "Do you have any hope for the people out there about how we could be a better country, we could have better race relations, we could have better politics?
As he told Teichner, "My job is to look out on the world that I write about and be as honest as I possibly can about that world.
If that's optimistic and uplifting, OK. And if it's not, OK. The kid in him loves the fact that Marvel has him writing its "Black Panther" comics. He's also working on a novel and a screenplay.
But Ta-Nehisi Coates is still weighing in on the subject that consumes him -- the ugly legacy of racism in the United States. Teichner said, "There are probably people who read your books and get mad, and say, 'It sounds like he hates America.
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