On Apologizing To Rush

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No, it didn't make me throw up in my mouth. I'm a little sick that I got it wrong, as I should be. But not sick that I have to apologize to Rush. The thing is this: I don't think that you guys expect me to get it write right 100 percent of the time. I think you expect me to try very hard to be accurate, and immediately acknowledge when I've failed to do so. I don't fear losing readers because I was wrong. I very much fear losing readers because they think I'm not being honest.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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