Coleman Hughes is a writer, musician, opinion columnist, and host of the popular podcast Conversations with Coleman, whose work focuses on issues related to race, public policy, and applied ethics. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Quillette, The City Journal, and The Spectator. He has appeared on many TV shows and podcasts, including Real Time with Bill Maher, Making Sense with Sam Harris, and The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast. In June 2019, he testified before the U.S. Congress on Reparations Bill H.R. 40 regarding the topic of reparations for slavery.
Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Coleman briefly attended the Juilliard School to study jazz trombone before dropping out to pursue a career as an independent jazz and hip-hop artist. Shortly thereafter, Coleman discovered a passion for applied ethics and public policy at Columbia University, where he graduated with a B.A. in philosophy.
“I worry that our desire to fix the past compromises our ability to fix the present. …I’m not saying that acknowledging history doesn’t matter. It does. I’m saying there’s a difference between acknowledging history and allowing history to distract us from the problems we face today.”