📚 Between the world and Me 📚
TITLE: Between the World and Me
AUTHOR: Ta-Nehisi Coates
PUBLISHER: Spiegel & Grau
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Empowering
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“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.
Between the World and Me takes the form of an open letter from Coates to his son, Samori, and expresses of the perils of living BLACK in a country where unarmed black men and boys: Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner are dying at the hands of police officers, an America where nine innocent black worshipers were shot and killed in a Charleston, S.C., church by a young white man with ostensible links to white supremacist and hate groups online.
The issue of race and institutionalized racism is the most important issue we as a country face right now. Take a look at how some presidential candidates are behaving. The actions of the past two years have shined the spotlight on issues that many of us were only dimly aware of.
Coates showcases his strength as a novelist displaying his both lyrical and gritty prose and presents readers an emotional, realistic portrait of what it’s like to grow up and live as a black man in America. This book has genuine potential to challenge people’s beliefs and societal norms in a way that will change the conversation. Coates is bridging the gap left by the late James Baldwin and empowering intelligent philosophy in today’s youth. This book is highly recommended.