A few months back, author, Atlantic contributor and now, certified genius, Ta-Nehisi Coates joined Jon Stewart on The Daily Show just as his monumentally human and heart-crushing book Between The World And Me hit stands and became an almost instant literary classic. There, he and Stewart discussed the underlying fear that permeates the work, how the bodies of black men, women and children are systematically threatened by the broad wingspan of racism in the land of the free.
Flash forward for just three months, and Coates is no longer a NYC resident, he’s landed the comic book gig of the century and is now considered to be bar none the single sharpest black voice of a generation. And so, with his latest visit to The Daily Show studios, Coates embarked on yet another brilliant dissection of the ills that plague black families in the states, tackling the on-going American epidemic that is mass incarceration, expounding upon his recent piece The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration, which was published in this month’s issue of The Atlantic. Coates tracks the legislation that facilitated our current climate of imprisonment, debunks the myth of the issue being resolved with the freeing of non-violent drug offenders and does so with the brilliance you’d come to expect. Watch the full, extended interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates below and grab a copy of his groundbreaking book Between The World And Me via Amazon today.