Andy Seal is a grad­u­ate stu­dent in Amer­i­can Stud­ies at Yale Uni­ver­si­ty. He is a reg­u­lar blog­ger at the Soci­ety for U.S. Intel­lec­tu­al His­to­ry and has writ­ten for the Chron­i­cle of High­er Edu­ca­tion, n+1 and The Quar­ter­ly Con­ver­sa­tion.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Baldwin and the “Brawl of Ancestors”
Critics who simply claim that "Coates is no Baldwin" are ignoring what can be a comparison that allows us to understand both writers more deeply.