NBC Touted Racially Charged Rant From Anti-Trumper Ta-Nehisi Coates, Dubbed Him A 'Hero'?
On the NBC Today Show, Thursday, host Craig Melvin bragged about an interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates calling him a 'hero'. If you aren't familiar with this guy let me say this: before everyone lost their minds and turned everything into a battle of racism, Politico wrote an article about Coats titles, 'The Toxic World-View of Ta-Nehisi Coates'.
While Politico has changed drastically over the last 4 years the article argues against Coates' black and white view of the world. One of the many repulsive things Coates has said over the years was in regards to the 9/11 first responders who died trying to rescue the many trapped victims inside the World Trade center:
“They were not human to me. Black, white, or whatever, they were menaces of nature; they were the fire, the comet, the storm, which could — with no justification — shatter my body.”
Coates is also an extremely outspoken Trump-hater which you will see in the video below. The segment where Coates goes on a deranged Trump-bashing rant was conveniently left out of the morning show. However, thanks to Newsbusters, we have a chance to see this 'hero' in action.
“Craig, you have a real interesting conversation to share with journalist, author, and really a hero of yours, Ta-Nehisi Coates,” fellow co-host Hoda Kotb proclaimed during the 8:30 a.m. ET half hour of the Today show. Melvin followed by gushing: “Yeah, you know, his writings on race, Hoda, politics, growing up black in America, have made him one of the leading voices of a generation....Ta-Nehisi Coates is an extraordinary and powerful voice.”
Conveniently missing from the segment was any mention of Coates’s history of race-baiting attacks on Republicans or the fact that he pushed similar smears during his conversation with Melvin.
Some hours later Melvin played the extended portion if the video where Coates Trashes Trump and insinuates that the President is a racist::
“You once wrote an essay in which you called Donald Trump the first white president,” Melvin asked. Coates made an attempt to explain his backward statement and of course, tries to make Trump seem like a racist:
"You know, the point about Trump being the first white president was not that he was the first person to check Caucasian on the census form and be in the White House. The point was that he was the first president whose entire presidency could be focused and was really powered by the hatred of a single individual who was black....Once he got in office, he all but explicitly stated that the entirety of his purpose was to erase Obama’s legacy."
He then went on to stir racial tension: “I’m referring to whiteness as an idea, you know, which is always, always premised on a word I can’t say on national television.” Rather than challenge any of his guest’s assertions – you know, like a journalist would – Melvin instead egged him on:
MELVIN: Why is that, why can’t you say it?
COATES: I probably shouldn’t, I don’t want to get myself in trouble.
MELVIN: I think you can say the word.
COATES: Let’s just say a racialized blackness.
COATES: Let’s just say that. It is always premised on a racialized blackness. And that explains a lot about Trump’s rise.
In a comment that was clearly not meant to be a compliment to President Trump, Melvin remarked: “There are some who have suggested that, in the long run, we’ll be better off as a country, as a society, because Donald Trump was in the White House.” Coates vehemently rejected the notion:
"Strongly disagree. Strongly, strongly disagree. I think the damage that has been done certainly will outlast my lifetime. Who knows how far it will go? Before Donald Trump, I think people believed that there were certain limits to what could be done and said within American politics. And I think that’s been obliterated. I think people thought there were certain norms for what presidents would and would not do....I think a great deal of damage has been done."
Coates has made a career race-baiting and claiming injustice in situations where, clearly there were none. The firefighters and officers who rushed into the burning towers on 9/11 didn't deserve Coates' attack. His comments of the men and women who died trying to save lives on that horrific day should be enough to make anyone sick.
But NBC calls him a hero?