Ta-Nehisi Coates deleted his Twitter account

Following criticism from white supremacist Richard Spencer and philosopher Cornel West.

December 19, 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates deleted his Twitter account Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks onstage at the New Yorker Festival on October 4, 2015 in New York.   Anna Webber/Getty

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates has quit Twitter after being criticized by wide range of people, including philosopher Cornel West and white supremacist Richard Spencer.


West has been critical of Coates's latest book We Were Eight Years In Power, recently airing his views in both the New York Times and The Guardian. In both pieces he critiqued the book's themes of Barack Obama's time as President and the problem of white supremacy in America, labeling Coates as "dangerously misleading."

On December 18, Coates tweeted a series of criticisms he has received from fellow Twitter users, including West, and subsequently deactivated his account. At one point alt-right figurehead Richard Spencer, leader of a white supremacist think tank, tweeted his agreement with West and his personal critique of Coates.

At the time of writing the account is still inactive. The FADER has reached out to Coates for comment.

Ta-Nehisi Coates deleted his Twitter account