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Ta-Nehisi Coates

Fecha de nacimiento: 30. Septiembre 1975

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Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates[1]​ es un escritor, periodista, y educador estadounidense.[2]​[3]​ Coates es corresponsal nacional para The Atlantic, donde escribe sobre asuntos culturales, sociales y políticos, particularmente en lo que concierne a los afro-americanos. Coates ha trabajado para The Village Voice, Washington City Paper, y Time. Ha contribuido a The New York Times Magazine, El Washington Post, The Monthly Washington, O, entre otras publicaciones. En 2008 publicó un memoir, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. Su segundo libro, Entre el mundo y yo, fue publicado en julio de 2015. Ganó el Premio Nacional al Libro 2015, y es un candidato para el premio al libro Phi Beta Kappa 2016.[4]​[5]​[6]​ Fue galardonado con la "Subvención de Genio" de la fundación John D. Y Catherine T. MacArthur en 2015.[7]​

Desde 2016 trabaja como guionista de Marvel Comics, en historietas como Pantera Negra[8]​ y Capitán América.[9]​

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Frases Ta-Nehisi Coates

„There was a broad, broad consensus that African Americans, for no other reason besides blanket racism, could not be responsible homeowners.“

—  Ta-Nehisi Coates
Context: Mr. [Clyde] Ross at that time, like most African Americans around the country, was unable to secure a loan, due to policies around redlining and deciding, you know, who deserved the loans and who doesn’t. There was a broad, broad consensus that African Americans, for no other reason besides blanket racism, could not be responsible homeowners. "The Case for Reparations: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Reckoning with U.S. Slavery & Institutional Racism" https://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/29/the_case_for_reparations_ta_nehisi (May 29, 2014) Democracy Now! https://www.democracynow.org

„The destroyers will rarely be held accountable. Mostly they will receive pensions.“

—  Ta-Nehisi Coates
Context: Resent the people trying to entrap your body and it can be destroyed.... The destroyers will rarely be held accountable. Mostly they will receive pensions. And destruction is merely the superlative form of a dominion whose prerogatives include friskings, detainings, beatings, and humiliations. All of this is common to black people. And all of this is old for black people. No one is held responsible. p. 9.

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„Something more awful than all our African ancestors is rising with the seas.“

—  Ta-Nehisi Coates
Context: Once, the Dream’s parameters were caged by technology and by the limits of horsepower and wind. But the Dreamers have improved themselves, and the damming of seas for voltage, the extraction of coal, the transmuting of oil into food, have enabled an expansion in plunder with no known precedent. And this revolution has freed the Dreamers to plunder not just the bodies of humans but the body of the Earth itself. The Earth is not our creation. It has no respect for us. It has no use for us. And its vengeance is not the fire in the cities but the fire in the sky. Something more fierce than Marcus Garvey is riding on the whirlwind. Something more awful than all our African ancestors is rising with the seas. The two phenomena are known to each other. It was the cotton that passed through our chained hands that inaugurated this age. It is the flight from us that sent them sprawling into the subdivided woods. And the methods of transport through these new subdivisions, across the sprawl, is the automobile, the noose around the neck of the earth, and ultimately, the Dreamers themselves. p. 150.

„We thought the corner was cool, but more than that we deeply believed that we could do no better, that this tiny parcel was all we deserved in this world of sin.“

—  Ta-Nehisi Coates
Context: I built not by parental edict, not under threat, but because of my own native yearning. This was a giant step toward seeing more. Across the country our elders were battling the shades that shrank our minds and abbreviated our world. We thought the corner was cool, but more than that we deeply believed that we could do no better, that this tiny parcel was all we deserved in this world of sin. p. 192.

„Plunder has matured into habit and addiction; the people who could author the mechanized death of our ghettos, the mass rape of private prisons, then engineer their own forgetting, must inevitably plunder much more. This is not a belief in prophecy but in the seductiveness of cheap gasoline.“

—  Ta-Nehisi Coates
Context: I had heard such predictions all my life from Malcolm and all his posthumous followers who hollered that the Dreamers must reap what they sow. I saw the same prediction in the words of Marcus Garvey who promised to return in a whirlwind of vengeful ancestors, an army of Middle Passage undead. No. I left The Mecca knowing that this was all too pat, knowing that should the Dreamers reap what they had sown, we would reap it right with them. Plunder has matured into habit and addiction; the people who could author the mechanized death of our ghettos, the mass rape of private prisons, then engineer their own forgetting, must inevitably plunder much more. This is not a belief in prophecy but in the seductiveness of cheap gasoline. p. 146.

„I recoil at the idea of someone reading my book because they really should read a black author or two. I don't want to be an icebreaker at your corporation's Kwanzaa gathering.“

—  Ta-Nehisi Coates
Context: I'm looking to avoid a subtly demeaning subtext which holds that reading, say, is something you should do--like flossing or taxes or laundry. I don't want to speak for women writers, but I recoil at the idea of someone reading my book because they really should read a black author or two. I don't want to be an icebreaker at your corporation's Kwanzaa gathering. The Damned Mob of Scribbling Women http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/06/the-damned-mob-of-scribbling-women/239882/ (Jun 3, 2011) The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com

„We are the walking lowest rung, and all that stands between us and beast, between us and the local zoo, is respect, the respect you take as natural as sugar and shit.“

—  Ta-Nehisi Coates
Context: Nowadays, I cut on the tube and see the dumbfounded looks, when over some minor violation of name and respect, a black boy is found leaking on the street. The anchors shake their heads. The activists give their stupid speeches, praising mythical days when all disputes were handled down at Ray's Gym. Politicians step up to the mic, claim the young have gone mad, their brains infected, and turned superpredator. Fuck you all who've ever spoken so foolishly, who've opened your mouths like we don't know what this is. We have read the books you own, the scorecards you keep—done the math and emerged prophetic. We know how we will die—with cousins in double murder suicides, in wars that are mere theory to you, convalescing in hospitals, slowly choked out by angina and cholesterol. We are the walking lowest rung, and all that stands between us and beast, between us and the local zoo, is respect, the respect you take as natural as sugar and shit. We know what we are, that we walk like we are not long for this world, that this world has never longed for us. p. 177.

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„nowiki>[James Baldwin is] probably the biggest influence on me from a literary perspective.“

—  Ta-Nehisi Coates
"'Between the World and Me': Ta-Nehisi Coates Extended Interview on Being Black in America" https://www.democracynow.org/2015/7/22/between_the_world_and_me_ta (July 22, 2015) Democracy Now!

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