Between the World and Me
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Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Jul 31, 2018
Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book is prompted in part by his inability to offer any comfort to his son after the latter’s disillusionment in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the exoneration of the police officers at whose hands he died: “I did not tell you that it would be okay, because I have never believed it would be okay.” The paternal anguish of a parent who knows he cannot protect his child from the embedded racism he has seen claim with impunity the lives of friends and relations brings a new dimension to a familiar fear, the one Coates felt as a constant companion of his own Baltimore childhood and coming-of-age. Unforgiving and unforgettable, Between the World and Me is a book to be reckoned with, its raw feeling as searing as its formidable eloquence; the questions it raises are weightier than any answers, one fears, can lift.
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Nov 28, 2018
Moving and concise.
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This book is a modern classic. Every American must read.
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Classic, essential read for Americans
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The closest thing to Baldwin that these times have to offer. A brilliant, personal, cut to the bone, exquisitely conscious memoir of the racial moment of our culture.
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I think this is a must for people of privilege - white, male, hetero, cis - to immerse yourself in the experience of a father and child who navigate a hostile modern America, simply because of how they have been born. The book gives an expansive look at the black experience that I could never understand on my own. I finished the book with greater awareness of structural injustice, and greater empathy for those who are in its grip. Coates' audiobook reading is excellent, too.
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