“Maybe every­ day celebrity, post-­gatekeeper, would change the world for the better. Some of that happened. But we also ended up with the alt­-right and Donald Trump, inequality, impeachment, and debilitating FOMO. How did we get here?” <br><br>Easy, by ignoring all the warnings, lessons from our ancestors and falling for symbols… <br><br>”Obama was a symbol we could collectively feel good about, who made us feel good about ourselves and our place in America as black people, while also making white people feel good about their ability to tolerate us” <br><br>The Obama decade was about feeling good and the illusion, Trump is about the reality.

“Maybe every­ day celebrity, post-­gatekeeper, would change the world for the better. Some of that happened. But we also ended up with the alt­-right and Donald Trump, inequality, impeachment, and debilitating FOMO. How did we get here?”

Easy, by ignoring all the warnings, lessons from our ancestors and falling for symbols…

“Obama was a symbol we could collectively feel good about, who made us feel good about ourselves and our place in America as black people, while also making white people feel good about their ability to tolerate us”

The Obama decade was about feeling good and the illusion, Trump is about the reality.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on What Changed in the ‘Obama Decade’ — and What Didn’t

Talking reparations, Kaepernick, and the first black president with the writer who may be the definitive chronicler of racial politics in the 2010s.

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