Beliefs—Not Tone—Impedes Republican Success
"There is a great deal of talk about 'appealing to Hispanics' and 'appealing to women'" among the Republicans as of late," Coates notes. However, without an overhaul of the ingrained beliefs that the party holds, no amount of "appeal" to these groups will do much good in terms of swaying votes. While the demeanor of the party leader does play a part in how we assess which side to align with, "parties are more than the politicians that front them," he writes. Holding on to outdated beliefs that voters don't agree with will still lose you an election—regardless of who is presenting these ideals, or how they are presented.
As a writer and editor for The Atlantic, Coates candidly shares his well-worded and thoughtful insights on politics, culture and society. Not only that, but his blog at the media outlet was named as one of the best in the world by Time magazine last year. His first full-length memoir, The Beautiful Struggle, was greeted with critical acclaim and he is currently writing a novel about an interracial family in pre-Civil War Virginia. On stage, Coates tackles notions of race both presently and in a historical context. Drawing on his vast body of work, he customizes his talks to each audience to present a cohesive and compelling dialogue about our society and the people within it.