Johns Hopkins University, which is located in Baltimore, was set to host Ta-Nehisi Coates, who was born in Baltimore, for the launch of the university’s new initiative to bring speakers to campus to discuss race issues in America.
But the ongoing riots in Baltimore have forced the university to postpone tonight’s speech:
Tonight's event featuring @tanehisicoates has been postponed. We hope to be able to reschedule it soon.
— Johns Hopkins University (@JohnsHopkins) April 28, 2015
Yesterday Coates had a widely shared piece for The Atlantic on the “con” of politicians calling for “nonviolence” in response to the death of Freddie Gray:
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 28, 2015
From Ta-Nehisi Coates, on his native Baltimore. Enough said. http://t.co/ThupDLVJjy
— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) April 28, 2015
— Vox (@voxdotcom) April 28, 2015
— Matt Sullivan (@sullduggery) April 28, 2015
Maybe once the violence calms down, Coates can come back to Johns Hopkins to discuss his theory on nonviolence in greater detail.