Ta-Nehisi Coates on Donald Trump’s racism and the meaning of eight years of Obama.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Q&A: “The Tendencies That Made Trump Possible Were Always There”

Ta-Nehisi Coates Q&A: “The Tendencies That Made Trump Possible Were Always There”

Pointed interviews with Isaac Chotiner.
Nov. 9 2017 7:40 AM

I Have to Ask: The Ta-Nehisi Coates Edition

The author tries to make sense of Trump’s America, and his place in it.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Eduardo Montes-Bradley/Wikipedia.
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Eduardo Montes-Bradley/Wikipedia.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of Between the World and Me, and more recently, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the costs of writing off your fellow citizens as “deplorable,” why he chose writing over activism, and how Trump is both uniquely dangerous and a predictable consequence of American racism.

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Podcast production by Audrey Dilling.