Watch: Ta-Nehisi Coates on “The Muslim Ban” and a History of Racism
In this powerful keynote at Oregon State University, delivered one week after President Trump announced his executive order to ban select immigrants from entering the US for 90 days, Ta-Nehisi Coates reveals the truth that this language conceals. Discrimination has its own logic, and as Coates points out, this contemporary Islamophobia has a precedent in the way it was historically leveled at famous African Americans of Muslim faith, like Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. Profound and hopeful, this keynote is a bracing call—not to arms, but to new perceptions of race, identity, and justice. “How did we get to this moment?” Coates wonders, and in doing so, also asks: how can we advance beyond it?