Fantastic Interview (must see)
I crown this brother the literary sage of the current generation who are bereft of the powerful spirits who shone brightly in previous generations. Back in the day there was an array of progressive souls lighting paths & pushing the envelope, oftentimes forcing people to abandon long-held ideas/beliefs/values/judgments. That was before all of the (disruptive) technological shifts, especially in communications technologies…..And before Big Money corrupted politics, education, law & a host of other spheres of endeavor, there were bold-faced poets, writers, musicians, teachers, lawyers, judges, athletes, painters, politicians, priests, physicians & community activists kicking up dust & impacting lives around them in positive ways. Coates illuminates & stands alongside other current luminaries such as Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Michelle Alexander, Talib Kweli, Brittany Cooper, Patricia J Williams, Henry Giroux, Gary Younge, Amy Goodman & Glenn Ford to name a few from the top of my head. When Coates says in his book “Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.” , he is literally pimp slappin’ White Supremacy right in its fuckin’ mouth.
It is way past the hour for this generation to dig in & fight back against the darkness that engulfs us all….
Get the book & spread the word….