Coleman Hughes

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Coleman Hughes
Coleman Cruz Hughes

(1996-02-25) 25 February 1996 (age 25)
New Jersey, United States
EducationNewark Academy
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationWriter, podcast host
1776 Project
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Known forWriting on issues related to race and racism
AwardsPresidential Scholar
Forbes 30-under-30
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Coleman Cruz Hughes (born 25 February 1996[1]) is an American writer and podcast host. He was a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and a fellow and contributing editor at their City Journal, and is the host of the podcast Conversations with Coleman.

Early life and education[edit]

Hughes is of African American[2][3] and Puerto Rican descent, and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey.[4] He is a graduate of Newark Academy and was selected as a United States Presidential Scholar in 2014.[5] He graduated from Columbia University in 2020 with a B.A. in philosophy.[6]


On 19 June 2019, Hughes testified before a U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee at a hearing on reparations for slavery, arguing against the campaign.[7][8][9] He argued that "[i]f we were to pay reparations today, we would only divide the country further, making it harder to build the political coalitions required to solve the problems facing black people today."[10] In this vein, he highlighted mass incarceration and high homicide victimization rates as problems affecting black Americans today.[8] He suggested an alternate proposal of paying reparations to black Americans who personally grew up under Jim Crow.[8] Hughes went on to say that reparations to the descendants of slaves would insult many black Americans and claimed they would make him and the "one-third of black Americans who poll against reparations into victims without their consent."[8]

In addition to writing for Quillette,[11] Hughes has contributed to publications including The Spectator,[12] The New York Times,[13] The Wall Street Journal,[14] National Review,[15] the Washington Examiner,[16] and the Heterodox Academy blog.[17] In May 2020, he became a fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and contributing editor of their City Journal.[18] Hughes is listed as a scholar for the 1776 Unites project.[19] In February 2020, Hughes debated Julianne Malveaux on iHeartRadio's Munk Debates regarding the topic of slavery reparations.[20]

Hughes is the host of the podcast Conversations with Coleman.[21]


Hughes says he formerly accepted the premise of Black Lives Matter—that, in his words, "racist cops are killing unarmed black people"—but now believes that this premise does not survive scrutiny once factors other than race are taken into account.[22] He has cited research from Roland G. Fryer Jr. and Sendhil Mullainathan, among others, in support of his stance.[22]

In October 2020, Hughes announced his support for Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election.[23]


Writing in The Washington Post in 2018, Megan McArdle called Hughes "an undergraduate at Columbia University but already a thinker to be reckoned with."[2] Nick Gillespie wrote in Reason in 2019 that Hughes had "emerged over the past year as one of the most prolific and insightful commentators on race and class in the United States."[4] In 2020, Christopher Bollen wrote in Interview that Hughes "has become one of the most compelling and promising voices on the political landscape."[21] In September 2020, Stéphanie Chayet, writing in the French newspaper Le Monde, identified Hughes as one of four "anti-conformists of anti-racism" along with Glenn Loury, Thomas Chatterton Williams and John McWhorter.[24] In December 2020, Hughes was listed on the Forbes 30-under-30 list for 2021 in the Media category.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Hughes is a jazz trombonist with a Charles Mingus tribute band that played regularly at the Jazz Standard in New York City.[4]


  1. ^ Hughes, Coleman [@coldxman] (5 February 2021). "I don't now who you're supposed to complain to about this sort of thing, but" (Tweet). Retrieved 5 February 2021 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b McArdle, Megan (20 July 2018). "The puzzle of race and wealth". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  3. ^ "African American families of Monticello". Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Gillespie, Nick (8 March 2019). "23-Year-Old Coleman Hughes Is Reframing the Discussion on Race: Podcast". Reason. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  5. ^ "6 NJ high school students are named 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars". 5 May 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Coleman Hughes". Manhattan Institute. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Hearing on Slavery Reparations". National Cable Satellite Corporation. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d Coates, Ta-Nehisi; Hughes, Coleman (19 June 2019). "Should America pay reparations for slavery? Ta-Nehisi Coates v Coleman Hughes". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  9. ^ Handa, Sahil (21 June 2019). "In Defense of Coleman Hughes". National Review. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  10. ^ Naranjo, Jesse (19 June 2019). "Slavery Reparations Issue Gets Rare Hearing on Hill". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Author: Coleman Hughes". Quillette.
  12. ^ "Author: Coleman Hughes". The Spectator.
  13. ^ Hughes, Coleman; Jensen, Taige (28 February 2019). "Opinion - The Gay, Black Civil Rights Hero Opposed to Affirmative Action". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  14. ^ Hughes, Coleman (17 January 2019). "Martin Luther King, Colorblind Radical". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Coleman Hughes". National Review. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  16. ^ Hughes, Coleman. "The puzzle of racial preferences". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  17. ^ "A Tale of Two Columbia Classes". 29 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Joining City Journal". Manhattan Institute. 26 May 2020. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  19. ^ "Scholars". 1776 Unites. Archived from the original on 10 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  20. ^ "Reparations". Munk Debates. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  21. ^ a b Bollen, Christopher (11 May 2020). "Ask a Sane Person: Coleman Hughes is not Panicking at All". Interview. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  22. ^ a b McLaughlin, Dan (16 June 2020). "Does It Matter What the Police-Shooting Data Show?". National Review. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  23. ^ Hughes, Coleman (30 October 2020). "Why I'm Voting For Biden – Bonus". Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  24. ^ Chayet, Stéphanie (18 September 2020). "Les anticonformistes de l'antiracisme". Le (in French).
  25. ^ Garret, Briane. "30-Under-30 2021".

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