The simplest version is he would like the President to stop giving speeches to black audiences with white media figures as his target audience.
That's not what he's saying at all. In fact, he specifically labels those speeches as being for the black audience. The thrust of his "problem" is that he feels that Obama is scolding the black community specifically as his only black-specific actions as president. He then lists things he dislikes that he's done that effect the black community. Except he then admits that, yeah, there's nothing black-specific Obama could really DO beyond talk.
It seems mostly that Obama doesn't see himself as a black president who's there to solve issues for black americans. Or at least, that's never the way he's acted or presented himself. He just sometimes speaks directly to the black community as a member of it and, frankly, his rhetoric on that account is bog-standard.
You have to read the rest of his output to get the whole picture of why Coates is angry, but what it comes down to is that trying to fit a mainstream definition of success on the black community without understanding the past and how it impacted (and still impacts) it is patronizing at best. (It's why Bill Cosby has gotten a good amount of well deserved flak, for one.)
One of the commenters makes a great point that the audience - graduates of a prestigious, academically challenging black college - were the least appropriate group for that speech. They are all already highly accomplished strivers, so what is the point of giving them this speech? And it fits in a tradition of Obama giving speeches to black crowds that seem aimed at the prejudices of white audiences.
It would be the equivalent of a speaker at Harvard going on about Duck Dynasty and the ills of the white community. People would just go "WTF?"
Then he wasn't speaking to the graduates. He was using them as a prop. And they were polite enough to not give a shit, since no one remembers their commencement speaker anyway.
I think one would remember if a sitting president was your speaker.
Anyway, that is a good point. But it's not one based in reality. The truth is that the best Obama can really do is give patronizing speeches to black audiences, because the minute he changes that tack the media will be all over him as a reverse racist or some such nonsense.
Yeah, Push was pretty cool. I wouldn't call it "amazing", but I certainly enjoyed watching.The Prestige was one of those movies that snuck by me and I was never spoiled on until I saw it at home. I was blown away. I love movies like that. Someone just comments that "Oh yeah, that was pretty good" offhandedly and you end up watching something amazing. I had similar experiences with Sunshine and Push.
Excellent point. That's probably why he's, hands down, my favorite director.Memento does the same thing, too.
It's something that Nolan is superb at.
I wish Rod Serling was alive so that they could work on a movie together. That would be the most spectacular thing ever. Can you imagine if Serling worked on Prometheus instead of Lindelof?