Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fear of a Black President: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Art Work by Bill Sanderson

Ta-Nehisi Coates begins his recent Atlantic article "Fear of a Black President" as follows:
As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.
Coates explores the plight of the first African-American President in dealing with the country's attitudes and beliefs about race. Follow the link above, read the article and share your thoughts with me.

Ta-Nehisi Coates talks with Atlantic magazine editor Scott Stossel about the anger behind this article. Watch the video.

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