Politics

Ta-Nehisi Coates calls election of Donald Trump ‘a mortal threat’

The day after the election, a keynote address at this year’s INBOUND conference in Boston meant to be about education became instead an off-the-cuff look at the presidential results, resulting in some controversy for the Boston marketing conference.

In the speech Wednesday, award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates called the election of Donald Trump “a mortal threat, not just to black people, not just to the country, but the whole world.”

Advertisement

Coates, who has written extensively about race relations and the disenfranchisement of black people, said it was a mistake for Americans to think President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory killed those issues.

“We had deeply, deeply underestimated ourselves. We had deeply, deeply underestimated our past.”

Get Political Happy Hour in your inbox:
Your afternoon shot of politics, sent straight from the desk of Joshua Miller.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

While the crowd broke into applause at various points in the address, others were critical, with one person commenting on INBOUND’s Facebook post about the speech that the remarks were “totally unprofessional.”

A link to Coates’s speech was posted the next day to INBOUND’s Facebook page with the following note:

“At INBOUND we pride ourselves on content that helps our attendees lift their head up from the day-to-day and see new perspectives. We’re happy to offer the entirety of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s from-the-heart keynote for you to watch.”

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com