The University of Oregon Shelled Out $41,500 to Ta-Nehisi Coates but He Cut the Lecture Short and Students Feel ‘Cheated’

The University of Oregon recently spent $41,500 to bring microaggression scholar Ta-Nehisi Coates to campus, courtesy of the UO School of Journalism, but some students felt “cheated” by the brevity of his latest lecture.

“A Deeper Black: Race in America” attracted a sold-out crowd of 5,500 people earlier this semester, but attendees were disappointed when the lecture ended 35 minutes early after they had made special efforts to make tickets available for non-white students.

The event description notes that Coates tends to focus his speeches on “the systemic racism that is inseparable from the growth of the nation,” specifying that this refers to “the racist policies that have plundered black bodies, black property, and black lives for economic and social gain.”

“How can we reconcile these acts, many of them ongoing, with the supposedly postracial country some claim we are moving towards?” the description asks.

To accommodate the anticipated interested in the event, students were limited to just two tickets each, but when the supply was exhausted, some began suggesting that extra tickets be made available to people of color (POC).

“Does anyone know of a Facebook feature in which requests for extra tickets by people of color can be boosted to the top?” asked Cressa Perloff, a former Occupy Wall Street protester who declined to be interviewed by Campus Reform, saying she would rather “defer to some of my POC coworkers who were there as well.”

Source: Fox Nation | Toni Airaksinen, Campus Reform