Keeping the Faith
Publisher: Boston Review
Date Written: 01/11/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
A book review: We Were Eight Years In Power (written by Ta-Nehisi Coates)
In Ta-Nehisi Coates's work, we encounter white supremacy not as a political ideology, but as the defining feature of the U.S. polity -- its essential nature.
Ta-Nehisi Coates's latest book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, is his clearest expression yet of political fatalism--his "deeply held belief that white supremacy was so foundational to this country that it would not be defeated in my lifetime, my child's lifetime, or perhaps ever." As in Coates's Between the World and Me (2015), we again encounter white supremacy not as a political ideology, but as the defining feature of the U.S. polity--its essential nature.
The book comprises previously published essays--one for each of the eight years Barack Obama held the presidency--prefaced by moving biographical and personal meditations that give each chapter philosophical weight. Taken together, it is about Obama and the United States--and it is about Coates.
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