Coleman Hughes

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Coleman Hughes
Coleman Cruz Hughes

1996 (age 23–24)
New Jersey, United States
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationWriter, podcast host
1776 Project
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Known forWriting on issues related to race and racism
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Coleman Cruz Hughes (born 1996) is an American writer and opinion columnist on issues related to race and racism at the online magazine Quillette, a fellow and contributing editor at City Journal, and host of the podcast Conversations with Coleman.

Early life and education[edit]

Hughes grew up in Montclair, New Jersey.[1][2] He graduated from Columbia University in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.[3]


On 19 June 2019, Hughes, who is of African American[4][5] and Puerto Rican descent, testified before a U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee at a hearing on reparations for slavery, arguing against the campaign.[6][7] He argued that "If 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."[8] In this vein, he highlighted mass incarceration and high homicide victimization rates as problems affecting black Americans today.[7] He suggested an alternate proposal of paying reparations to black Americans who personally grew up under Jim Crow.[7] 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."[7]

In addition to being a columnist for Quillette,[9] Hughes has contributed to publications including The Spectator,[10] The New York Times,[11] The Wall Street Journal,[12] National Review,[13] the Washington Examiner,[14] and the Heterodox Academy blog.[15] In May 2020, he became a fellow of The Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of their City Journal.[3] Hughes is listed as a scholar for the 1776 Project.[16] For the Munk Debates, Hughes debated Julianne Malveaux on the topic of reparations for slavery.[17]

Hughes is the host of the podcast Conversations with Coleman.[18]


Writing in The Washington Post in 2018, Megan McArdle called Hughes "an undergraduate at Columbia University but already a thinker to be reckoned with."[4] 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."[1] In 2020, Christopher Bollen wrote in Interview that Hughes "has become one of the most compelling and promising voices on the political landscape."[18]

Personal life[edit]

Hughes plays the trombone.[1]


  1. ^ 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.
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  4. ^ a b McArdle, Megan (20 July 2018). "The puzzle of race and wealth". Washington Post. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  5. ^ "African American families of Monticello". Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Hearing on Slavery Reparations". National Cable Satellite Corporation. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d Ta-Nehisi Coates, Coleman Hughes (19 June 2019). "Should America pay reparations for slavery? Ta-Nehisi Coates v Coleman Hughes". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  8. ^ Naranjo, Jesse (19 June 2019). "Slavery Reparations Issue Gets Rare Hearing on Hill". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Author: Coleman Hughes". Quillette.
  10. ^ "Author: Coleman Hughes". The Spectator.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Hughes, Coleman (17 January 2019). "Martin Luther King, Colorblind Radical He flirted with democratic socialism and opposed the Vietnam War but stood against identity politics". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Coleman Hughes". National Review. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  14. ^ Hughes, Coleman. "The puzzle of racial preferences". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  15. ^ "A Tale of Two Columbia Classes". 29 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Scholars". 1776. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Reparations". Munk Debates. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  18. ^ a b Bollen, Christopher. "Ask a Sane Person: Coleman Hughes is not Panicking at All". Interview. Retrieved 3 June 2020.

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