Why Ta-Nehisi Coates’ $41,500 UO speech ended early
Cooper Green — March 10, 2017 at 4:16 pm
Coates, who began speaking to a crowd of 5,548 people at 6 p.m., was scheduled to speak until 7:15. Instead, he was off the stage by 6:40. His schedule also included a question-and-answer period with the crowd, which didn’t occur. …
For the speech and preceding UO events, Coates was paid $41,500. … Coates’ visit was tied to UO’s Common Reading program, which provided his book, “Between the World and Me,” to all first-year students at orientation in 2016.
… The talk was Coates’ fifth in five days, he announced during his speech. The evening before, he was at Oregon State University where he spoke from 6-7:30 p.m. For that event, he was paid $30,000, according to his contract with the university. …
Click the links to read Coates’ full contract with UO and OSU.
Oddly enough, no students are reported to have chanted political doctrines to prevent interested onlookers from hearing Coates’ speech. Nor did masked vigilantes chase him around the campus and injure a professor hosting Coates.
But, unlike Charles Murray, Coates doesn’t possess anything as hatefully offensive as data and statistical analyses. Instead, Coates has an anecdote about an escalator.