Had Hillary Clinton been a man with all the same qualifications she possesses, I think she’d be president now.
She did win the popular vote, and I believe that she would also have won the electoral vote if she were a man.
It’s clear he is confused by this attention, but one need only read the pages of to understand why the attention confuses him.
He is accustomed to a white America that does not listen to the complete story of itself. He has a gift for laying those myths bare and reminding us to consider what we would prefer to forget.
This quibble does not mean I felt the book needed to lose any stars in my rating, however. I found it interesting to read about Coates’s struggles as a writer, and I want to share this selection from an interview he gave about writing and the writing process.
via yt Cropper As a writer myself, I found it incredibly heartening to hear such a gifted writer discuss his struggles with the craft., where Coates has been making waves as “America’s best writer on race,” an assessment he admits makes him “retch” (117).He doesn’t explicitly say so, but I suppose it’s partly the fact that so many white people turn to him as the authority, the purveyor of “the black perspective.” I wonder if he feels like, as a character in ” (118).If you are concerned about social justice issues and racism in our current moment and across the broad swathe of American history, you need to read this book.It’s a book I wish all Americans would read and think about.The poet expresses her anger towards the society for curtailing (limiting) the right and freedom of an individual.She is clearly unhappy with the system in which you have to accept even something fundamentally illogical simply because that is accepted by the majority.If I have one quibble with the book, it’s that I think Coates does not consider sexism at all when he deconstructs Donald Trump’s election win in “The First White President.” He seems to ascribe Hillary Clinton’s defeat entirely to racist backlash against Barack Obama, as she would have cemented his legacy.While it’s true that Obama supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and it’s probably true that racism played a large part in her defeat as voters heard Trump’s promises to undo all that Obama had done, it’s impossible to say that racism is entirely to blame.He admits that this “voice inside” him, this question, would “eventually overshadow the work, or maybe it would just feel like it did” (118).I would argue he is one of the most lucid and persuasive writers of his generation, and perhaps because of it, he has attracted an audience he didn’t necessarily believe he would attract.