NEW YORK: Ta-Nehisi Coates has had enough.
The influential author and journalist has deleted his widely followed Twitter account, writing "peace, y'all. I'm out." Coates had had a contentious exchange with Cornel West, author of "Race Matters." West had recently called Coates' views on race simplistic and defeatist. He contended that Coates was too uncritical of Barack Obama and was preoccupied with white acceptance.
Coates rebutted West's allegations and was defended by others, notably his friend and fellow writer Jelani Cobb. But early Tuesday, Coates tweeted, "I didn't get in it for this."
Coates won the National Book Award last year for "Between the World and Me," an anguished meditation on police violence against blacks. This fall, he released "We Were Eight Years in Power," which collects his writings about Obama.
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
Wow. Ta-Nehisi Coates officially had enough of the BS and deleted his Twitter account. pic.twitter.com/stElOKXyZ3— #SpreadTruth (@babiecee) December 19, 2017
In light of Cornel West's critique of Ta-Nehisi Coates, I highly recommend this read theorizing the role, and the responsibilities, of a public intellectual pic.twitter.com/ETBzZPXWh3— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) December 17, 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a black writer, not a black public intellectual. He writes about what he knows, not what the moment expects of him. The black radical tradition has always made space for both. Should be no different now.— Chad Williams (@Dr_ChadWilliams) December 19, 2017
Yikes, I didn't realize today was "Takedown Ta-Nehisi Coates Day". All I will say is that a lot of the current clapback is from academics getting upset by a non-academic encroaching upon their space and speaking plainly to the public. I'll just leave it at that and take a nap.— Don’t nuke me, bro. (@chipgoines) December 17, 2017
Frankly I preferred not to say any of this. @tanehisicoates is a grown man. He can fight his own battles. But it’s a little tiresome to see and hear the hypocritical bullshit of academics who would prefer the community not be defended if doing so means accolades for someone else.— jelani cobb (@jelani9) December 18, 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates leaving Twitter is the final confirmation that 2017 sucks.— Bryan Payton (@UncoolBryan) December 19, 2017
Richard Spencer=Nazi— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) December 19, 2017
Guess which one of these three decided Twitter was a bad fit for him?
2017 would have a Richard Spencer/Cornel West gang up that drives Ta-Nehisi Coates off twitter with harassment— Zack Kopplin (@ZackKopplin) December 19, 2017