He called Trump the first true "white president"
The Atlantic / The Intercept (October 2017)
In a one-on-one conversation with The Intercept podcast’s Jeremy Scahill, Coates unpacks his theory of Trump and oppressive white power, the conservative streak in Obama’s policy making, and challenges to what extent an American president can actually enact change.
‘But I think [reparations is] this generation’s work. I mean if we get, by the end of my lifetime, for people to say, “Yeah, you know, we really screwed you all.” I mean that would be serious, serious progress.’