Ta-Nehisi Coates: My President Was Black

If you have a good 45 minutes to waste on a long-winded Ta-Nehisi Coates think piece navel-gazing over his blackness in the final days of Black Run America (BRA), you will not want to miss “My President Was Black”:

“In the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration, he and his wife, Michelle, hosted a farewell party, the full import of which no one could then grasp. It was late October, Friday the 21st, and the president had spent many of the previous weeks, as he would spend the two subsequent weeks, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. Things were looking up. Polls in the crucial states of Virginia and Pennsylvania showed Clinton with solid advantages. The formidable GOP strongholds of Georgia and Texas were said to be under threat. The moment seemed to buoy Obama. He had been light on his feet in these last few weeks, cracking jokes at the expense of Republican opponents and laughing off hecklers. At a rally in Orlando on October 28, he greeted a student who would be introducing him by dancing toward her and then noting that the song playing over the loudspeakers—the Gap Band’s “Outstanding”—was older than she was. “This is classic!” he said. Then he flashed the smile that had launched America’s first black presidency, and started dancing again. Three months still remained before Inauguration Day, but staffers had already begun to count down the days. They did this with a mix of pride and longing—like college seniors in early May. They had no sense of the world they were graduating into. None of us did. …”

It begins with a BET hosted cocktail party with the Obamas on the South Lawn of the White House in late October and ends with Trump’s unexpected victory.

Highlights include:

  • “Usher led the crowd in a call-and-response: “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud.”
  • “It was the feeling that this particular black family, the Obamas, represented the best of black people, the ultimate credit to the race, incomparable in elegance and bearing.”
  • “Whiteness in America is a different symbol—a badge of advantage.”
  • “But Obama appealed to a belief in innocence—in particular a white innocence—that ascribed the country’s historical errors more to misunderstanding and the work of a small cabal than to any deliberate malevolence or widespread racism. America was good. America was great.”
  • “For most African Americans, white people exist either as a direct or an indirect force for bad in their lives.”
  • “African Americans typically raise their children to protect themselves against a presumed hostility from white teachers, white police officers, white supervisors, and white co-workers.”
  • “That lens, born of literally relating to whites, allowed Obama to imagine that he could be the country’s first black president.”
  • “The national anthem was played first, but then came the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” As the lyrics rang out over the crowd, the students held up the black-power fist—a symbol of defiance before power. And yet here, in the face of a black man in his last year in power, it scanned not as a protest, but as a salute.”

Poor Ta-Nehisi Coates … he just doesn’t get it. He is utterly blind to how his own Black Nationalist identitarianism and racial grievance politics inexorably leads to Richard Spencer’s White Nationalist identitarianism:


So, I’m a White male. I’ve heard about this “Alt-Right.”

I’m sitting here wondering why Ta-Nehisi Coates is considered legitimate and is a celebrated public intellectual, but Richard Spencer is demonized as a hateful extremist. Why is Ta-Nehisi Coates railing against “white supremacy” when he is feted by the black president of the United States at a cocktail party on the South Lawn of the White House? Why is Ta-Nehisi Coates writing for The Atlantic? Why does he have his own “Black Panther” comic book? Why is Ta-Nehisi Coates teaching a course at MIT?

It’s because Richard Spencer is White, isn’t it?

Obviously, The Atlantic doesn’t have a problem with hail victories so long as it is the black power salute. They don’t have a problem with blacks nurturing racial grievances. They don’t have a problem with “extremist groups” like the Black Panthers. They don’t have any objection to black identity politics or racial animosity toward Whites. Their sole objection is to White identity and White interest group politics.

What would they say if a White musician was on the South Lawn of the White House leading an overwhelmingly White crowd in a call-and-response: “Say it loud, I’m White and I’m proud.” Hell, we all know that would be a “story about race in America,” wouldn’t it? That would be a story about “hate” or something.

The real story here is how that doesn’t work anymore like it used to.

  • Robert Stark
  • Robert Stark

    Asians were part of the Confederacy.

  • It’s obvious that you are overcompensating for something, because you have to make it a point to bring up some Asian woman you were dating.

  • Yes, and so were black people. Got any Aunt Jemima dating stories to roll out to try and make yourself feel better about not being man enough to get good White women?

  • Robert Stark

    I actually lived in the South. I have a good understanding of the region.

  • Robert Stark

    If anything Jewish and Asian women are pickier, because they come from greater wealth. When I lived in Virginia the wealthiest people were Jewish, Hindu, or Korean, not generic Whites. That’s the South for you.

  • Bullshit. “The Region” is vast and one area isn’t necessarily the same as another. Virginia is very different from Arkansas. North Carolina is very different from Louisiana. Georgia is different than Texas.

  • “Generic Whites”

    Now we’re getting to the source of your sickness.

  • Robert Stark

    I’ve been Austin, very SWPL. I’ve driven through North Carolina and South Carolina on a Road Trip to Florida. I even saw Asians and Asian Indians in those places. Asians are part of the south, but the south isn’t some scene from Deliverance like people imagine. It’s becoming very cosmopolitan.

  • Robert Stark

    I’m white. Here’s photographic proof.


  • Oh my! You drove through? Your knowledge must be vast.

  • Robert Stark

    I lived in Virginia. I’m southern.

  • Beta Male. I know your type.

  • Robert Stark

    Tell that to my last Asian Girl Friend. Asian Culture is super Alpha, ex. Samurai’s, Chinese were a warrior culture as well.

  • Arthur Vickstrom

    He has those ‘there’s something wrong upstairs’ eyes. No wonder White women won’t have anything to do with him.

  • Very true.

    Thank you to all the White women that helped keep this cretin from contaminating the gene pool. You made a wise choice.

  • How many times have you had to talk about an Asian girlfriend to prove a point?

  • Bullshit. I’ve lived in predominantly black neighborhoods(ghettos) and poor White neighborhoods. I had many White friends living in trailer parks. I’ve personally had to deal with methhead stupidity. I don’t need a writer to tell me about my personal experiences and observations.

    In the poorer White communities there was increased crime for sure, but nothing that could be considered comparable to the daily depravity and violent crime committed by blacks. The White meth heads would borrow money and never pay you back, break into your car, maybe break into your home while you were away, get arrested for domestic violence, etc. They were more prone to get arrested on drug charges and destroy their own lives and families than they were to rampage through the streets, raping, assaulting and murdering like it was a full time occupation.

    In the White communities where I lived, when there was a story about local stores and homes getting robbed and the owner shot and killed, it was almost always a story with a black perp who came from outside the area to commit the crime. For every 1 White guy that committed violent acts, there was at least 3 or 4 black guys doing the same. And I’m talking about in the communities that were predominantly White.

    Give me the names of the White communities and I’ll see how they compare to the black areas across America. I doubt you’ll find one that will crack the top 200 when it comes to violent crime statistics.

  • Junius Daniel

    We put up with it, when we don’t have to Mr. Whitaker.

    It’s all up to us.

  • Fr. John+

    No president of mine, was EVER a nigger.
    ‘Nuff said, yo, yo, yo.’