Quotes by Ta-Nehisi Coates

"The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free."
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"But race is the child of racism, not the father. And the process of naming “the people” has never been a matter of genealogy and physiognomy so much as one of hierarchy. Difference in hue and hair is old. But the belief in the preeminence of hue and hair, the notion that these factors can correctly organize a society and that they signify deeper attributes, which are indelible—this is the new idea at the heart of these new people who have been brought up hopelessly, tragically, deceitfully, to believe that they are white."
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"You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable."
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"I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world."
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"But all our phrasing—race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the economics, the graphs, the charts, the regressions all land, with great violence, upon the body."
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Books by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Date of birth: September 30, 1975
  • Born: in Baltimore, The United States.

  • Description: Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me, a finalist for the National Book Award. A MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow, Coates has received the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story "The Case for Reparations." He lives in New York with his wife and son.

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