Black poverty and racial justice “expert” Ta-Nehisi Coates, who published a memoir about racial injustice in America, has just abandoned the purchase of a $2.1 million dream-home after receiving criticism for his expensive taste.
Citing personal safety concerns, Coates gave up on the purchase of his lavish Brooklyn brownstone and lamented its demise. He and his wife purchased the property through a limited liability corporation in order to conceal their identity, according to the NY Post. HeatStreet adds details:
Coates has become a prominent thought-leader in part due to the success of his 2015 memoir, “Between the World and Me,” a letter to his son about the history of racial injustice in America. It was one of the most discussed books in the country among university faculty members and New York Times subscribers, and won the National Book Award for non-fiction.
Coates, who used the proceeds from the successful memoir to finance the purchase of the brownstone in the Prospect-Leffert Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, expressed dismay at having to abandon his dream home:
[Y]ou can’t really be a human being and not want some place to retreat into yourself, some place to collapse, some place to be at peace. That’s just neurology. One shouldn’t get in the habit of crying about having a best-selling book. But you can’t really sell enough books to become superhuman, to salve that longing for home.
Coates explained that, after his purchase of the home was publicized, his family would not be able to live there due to safety concerns and the perpetual stream of fans “showing up at your door (this happened once) or waiting for you on your stoop.”
“Our old neighborhood was not as quiet as we thought,” Coates wrote. “Nothing is quiet anymore—least of all us.”
Below is some of the backlash Coates received on social media:
The point once again is that tone-deaf leftists either possess no self-awareness about their hypocrisy or don’t care. There is nothing wrong with buying a lavish home. In fact, if you’ve worked hard and are able to do so, more power to you. But to purchase said home off the proceeds of a book lamenting racial and economic inequity in America’s black community only serves to negate the entire premise of the book, does it not?
Via Truth Revolt