By Ellen McGirt
December 13, 2016

Ta-Nehisi Coates has dropped another opus into his extraordinary canon on race and politics for The Atlantic. My President Was Black: A history of the first African American in the White House – and of what came next, is the cover of their January/ February issue and is quintessential Coates: Beautifully written, deeply reported and devastating in its conclusions.

I’ll only quote one passage:

“Obama’s greatest misstep was born directly out of his greatest insight. Only Obama, a black man who emerged from the best of white America, and thus could sincerely trust white America, could be so certain that he could achieve broad national appeal. And yet only a black man with that same biography could underestimate his opposition’s resolve to destroy him.”

At 17,000 words, I’m still reading, re-reading and in some cases, shaking my head. Since we only have a few more moments before the inevitable think-pieces emerge to dissect it, I strongly suggest carving out the time to read the original work, spoiler-free. It promises to be one of the more debated analyses of Obama’s legacy, and I’m glad Coates is kicking off the conversation with such depth and spirit.

Do any of you plan to discuss the piece in your book or coaching groups? Would you mind if I Skyped or dropped in? I’d love to know what’s on your minds. (I’ll even send some snacks.)

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