February 7, 2017—“Ta-Nehisi Coates is known for his willingness to shine an uncompromising light on uncomfortable subjects.
“When the National Book Award-winning author of the 2016-17 UO Common Reading selection ‘Between the World and Me’ took the stage Friday evening to a standing ovation, he quickly aimed his spotlight toward the elephant hiding in the packed Matthew Knight Arena.
“‘If you look at the most decorated universities across the country, athletics tend to be a really big cash generator,’ Coates said. ‘Just look where I’m giving this talk right now. … University systems across the country should spend some time thinking about the extent to which the wealth they have accumulated was drawn from black bodies.’
“At another school these words might be met with shocked silence. But the 2017 UO School of Journalism and Communication’s Ruhl Lecture, titled ‘A Deeper Black: Race in America,’ fell in the midst of a year of difficult reckonings — on campus, across the nation and around the world.”
For the full text of this article from Around the O by Andra Brichacek, School of Journalism and Communication, go to: http://around.uoregon.edu/content/ta-nehisi-coates-gets-real-about-racism-sold-out-knight-arena