Last evening, Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke to a sold-out crowd in TD Arena about the criticality of race in America’s history and identity as a nation. Coates, one of America’s foremost intellectuals, has written several critically-acclaimed books about the Black experience in the United States. His essays for The Atlantic magazine, such as “My President Was Black,” have resonated with thousands of readers. The event drew hundreds of visitors to campus, from Charleston and from other colleges and universities.
One conspicuous absence was President Glenn McConnell. Some students found that odd, given McConnell’s own fraught history with race at the College.
— Courtney Hicks (@CofCCourtneyH) March 21, 2017
"It's shameful you had to have a literal terrorist attack on a church to take down the Confederate flag," Coates says. #coatesatcofc
— Deanna Pan (@DDpan) March 21, 2017
AN ANSWER PLEASE! https://t.co/ixYPvPw96d
— Rodrick Bellamy (@CofCRodrickB) March 21, 2017
So where was Pres. McConnell? CisternYard News reached out to his office for a comment. “President McConnell attended an alumni event in conjunction with the sold-out Cougars baseball game against Clemson at Patriots Point Athletic Complex,” Senior Director of Media Relations Mike Robertson stated.