True story: I started working on this the other day, and then I read that Ta-Nehisi Coates has a big story in the Atlantic coming out tomorrow, 9/15.
This summer, his book Between the World and Me came out the day after my own No Country for Black Men, the most important book released this year, likely robbing it of sales.
Is he purposely trying to destroy my career (in which I don't actually get paid to write this shit anyway, but still)? How does he know when I've got some shit I'm about to drop, in cases where I don't announce it beforehand?
I finished my article this weekend anyway. It's a tribute to Assata Shakur, alleged leader of the Black Liberation Army, who was convicted of killing a white cop, broke out of prison and escaped to Cuba, where she was granted political asylum. And it gets into all kinds of other shit.
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