The influential author and journalist has deleted his widely followed Twitter account, writing "peace, y'all. I'm out." Coates, a Baltimore native, had had a contentious exchange with Cornel West, author of "Race Matters." West had recently called Coates' views on race simplistic and defeatist. He contended that Coates was too uncritical of Barack Obama and was preoccupied with white acceptance.
Coates rebutted West's allegations and was defended by others, notably his friend and fellow writer Jelani Cobb. But early Tuesday, Coates tweeted, "I didn't get in it for this."