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Charlotte Observer: Coates Discusses America's Presumption of Black Criminality

Ta-Nehisi CoatesAuthor, cultural critic and MacArthur Fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates addressed a crowd of nearly 4,000 at the college's annual Reynolds Lecture last night.

Writer Pam Kelley attended the talk and shared details in today's Observer: "Ta-Nehisi Coates has built his writing reputation on his ability to mine America's past, both recent and distant, to locate the roots of our present racial disparities. That's what he did at Davidson College Monday night, as he explained how the fatal police shooting of a college friend inspired him to explore state-sanctioned violence against black Americans. That search, he said, led him to a distressing conclusion - that "the presumption of criminality of black people is deeply written into the bones of this country."

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