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Coleman Hughes

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Coleman Cruz Hughes (born 1996) is an American writer and opinion columnist on issues of race at Quillette online magazine.

Early life and education[edit]

Hughes grew up in New Jersey.[1] He is an undergraduate student in the department of philosophy at Columbia University.[2]


On June 19, 2019, Hughes, who is of African American[3] and Puerto Rican descent, testified before a U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee at a hearing on reparations for slavery, arguing against the campaign.[4][5] Hughes told the Congressional subcommittee that reparation payments to descendants of slaves would insult black Americans, further dividing the country, and would make him and other descendants of slaves “victims without their consent.”[6] 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."[7]

In addition to writing for Quillette,[8] Hughes has contributed to publications including The Spectator,[9] The New York Times,[10] The Wall Street Journal,[11] and the Heterodox Academy blog.[12]


  1. ^ Gillespie, Nick (8 March 2019). "23-Year-Old Coleman Hughes Is Reframing the Discussion on Race: Podcast Meet the undergrad who is recovering the legacy of gay, socialist civil-rights activist Bayard Rustin while explicating Kanye West's conservatism (interview)". Reason. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  2. ^ McArdle, Megan (July 20, 2018). "The puzzle of race and wealth". Washington Post. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  3. ^ "African American families of Monticello". Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Hearing on Slavery Reparations". National Cable Satellite Corporation. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Black Witness Booed For Testifying Against Slave Reparations In Congress". Daily Caller.
  7. ^ Naranjo, Jesse (19 June 2019). "Slavery Reparations Issue Gets Rare Hearing on Hill". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Author: Coleman Hughes". Quillette.
  9. ^ "Author: Coleman Hughes". The Spectator.
  10. ^ Hughes, Coleman; Jensen, Taige (2019-02-28). "Opinion - The Gay, Black Civil Rights Hero Opposed to Affirmative Action". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  11. ^ 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". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  12. ^ "A Tale of Two Columbia Classes". 29 January 2018.

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