Ta-Nehisi Coates deletes Twitter account after spat with Cornel West

American journalist and author, Ta-Nehisi Coates
American journalist and author, Ta-Nehisi Coates. [Photo credit: Los Angeles Times]

American journalist and author, Ta-Nehisi Coates, has deleted his Twitter account following a dispassionate debate with philosopher and social critic, Cornel West.

“Peace, y’all. I’m out,” Mr. Coates tweeted on Tuesday on his now-defunct account. “I didn’t get in it for this.”

Mr. West recently lashed out at Mr. Coates in an article for The Guardian in the UK, accusing him of being too soft on former President Barack Obama.

Mr. West, 64, said Mr. Coates, 42, allegedly “fetishises white supremacy” and holding a “preoccupation with white acceptance” and an “allegiance” to Mr. Obama.

“It is clear that [Mr. Coates’] narrow racial tribalism and myopic political neoliberalism has (sic) no place for keeping track of Wall Street greed, US imperial crimes or black elite indifference to poverty,” Mr. West wrote.

The article sparked online uproar after the duo engaged in open disagreement, eventually leading Mr. Coates to delete his Twitter account early Tuesday with 1.2 million followers.

Mr. Coates, whose writes for The Atlantic won the 2015 National Book Award for his non-fiction book which chronicled his experience with racism in America.

He recently published a book titled: “We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy.”

The book reflected on the historical and cultural transition from Mr. Obama to the incumbent President Donald Trump.

Mr. Coates used his Twitter account for political commentary.

Mr. West has been described as a long-time intellectual whose provocative views are often aimed at driving debates about contemporary issues.


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  • Phyllis May

    Cornel West is trying remain relevant. He understands that he can remain in the spotlight by demeaning intellectuals that are actually doing the work of writing. Cornel has long been criticized for his laziness with respect to creating new works. Race Matters was his last real piece of scholarly work. Now sadly, Cornel doesn’t matter. He is quite simply, a hater. According to Michael E. Dyson, Cornel “In his callous disregard for plural visions of truth, West, like the prophet Elijah, retreats into a deluded and self-important belief in his singular and exclusive rightness.” Bye, Cornel!