Coates was famously scolded by Harvard professor Cornel West in 2017, who called him ?the neoliberal face of the black freedom struggle,? in a critique that accused Coates of sugar-coating the presidency of Barack Obama and of catering to white liberals. Coates ended his Twitter account over the resulting hubbub, but restarted it by the end of the year with the message, ?I love you Cornel.?
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