Ta-Nehisi Coates

I haven't checked, but I highly suspect that chickens evolved from an egg-laying ancestor, which would mean that there were, in fact, eggs before there were chickens. Genius.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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My belief is in the chaos of the world and that you have to find your peace within the chaos and that you still have to find some sort of mission.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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I love America the way I love my family - I was born into it. And there's no escape out of it.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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I think a lot about the private emotions of black people - what we feel and yet is rarely publicly expressed.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Forgiveness is a big part of - especially post-civil rights movement - is a big part of African-American Christianity, and I wasn't raised within the Christian church; I wasn't raised within any church.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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There are African-American families around this country - a large, large number of African-American families - that operate out of complete fear that their kids are going to be taken from them and will do anything to prevent that.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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We are all losers in comparison to Malala Yousafzai. But we are not all geniuses. Like me.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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You can oppose reparations all you want, but you got to know the facts. You really, really do.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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The plunder of black communities is not a bump along the road, but it is, in fact, the road itself that you can't have in America without enslavement, without Jim Crow, terrorism, everything that came after that.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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You may not be able to change the course of government, but you can achieve some peace. And books were the path to that. I grew up in a house where books were everywhere.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Superheroes are best imagined in comic books. The union between the written word, the image, and then what your imagination has to do to connect those allows for so much.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Racism is a physical experience.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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As an African-American, we stand on the shoulders of people who fought despite not seeing victories in their lifetime or even in their children's lifetime or even in their grandchildren's lifetime. So fatalism isn't really an option.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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We want to believe racism is an artifact of the past, and if you have a political massacre, that contradicts that.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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We have this long history of racism in this country, and as it happens, the criminal justice system has been perhaps the most prominent instrument for administering racism. But the racism doesn't actually come from the criminal justice system.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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The soul is part of the body. The mind is part of the body. When folks do physical violence to black people, to black bodies in this country, the soul as we construe it is damaged, too - the mind is damaged, too.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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It meant something to see people who looked like me in comic books. It was this beautiful place that I felt pop culture should look like.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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There are plenty of African-Americans in this country - and I would say this goes right up to the White House - who are not by any means poor, but are very much afflicted by white supremacy.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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The country in which reparations actually happen is a very different one than the one we live in.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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There was no United States before slavery. I am sure somebody can make some sort of argument about modern French identity and slavery and North Africa, but there simply is no American history before black people.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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My father was so very afraid. I felt it in the sting of his black leather belt, which he applied with more anxiety than anger, my father who beat me as if someone might steal me away, because that was exactly what was happening all around us.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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It's hard for me to view Baltimore outside the context of what Baltimore has always been in my mind: a violent place.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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You can't tolerate anybody attempting to threaten or intimidate your body. You must respond with force.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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When I see the Confederate flag, I see the attempt to raise an empire in slavery. It really, really is that simple. I don't understand how anybody with any sort of education on the Civil War can see anything else.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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African Americans are one of the oldest ethnic groups in this country. We been here since the beginning. Before the beginning.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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I think the body is the ultimate thing. The soul and mind are part of the body. I don't think there is anything outside of that. Your physical self is who you are. Some people feel that that is reductionist, but I don't think it is. It's just true.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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One of the things that's really, really present in 'Between the World and Me' is, I am in some ways outside of the African-American tradition.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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We look at young black kids with a scowl on their face, walking a certain way down the block with their sweatpants dangling, however, with their hoodies on. And folks think that this is a show of power or a show of force. But I know, because I've been among those kids, it ultimately is fear.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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I just think that if one is going to preach nonviolence and one is going to advocate for nonviolence, one's standard should be consistent.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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I think riots happen when communities are under pressure for long periods of time. That's not a mistake.Ta-Nehisi Coates

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