Part of a popular podcast series called On Being, this interview addresses the complex relationships among history, writing, and teaching. The Q&A is particularly interesting, as Ta Nahisi Coates acknowledges his inability to answer questions on topics with which he has not personally grappled, or struggled. In a question about how to maintain hope in the classroom setting, Coates draws on personal experience and claims that he wanted “enlightenment,” not hope, from his teachers. He wanted to be given the tools for understanding and critiquing racial inequality and violence.(Annotation by Lacey Schauwecker)
Emmanuel Acho sits down to have an “uncomfortable conversation” with white America, in order to educate and inform on racism, system racism, social injustice, rioting & the hurt African Americans are feeling today.