In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes a letter to his teenage son on"What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it?" This book will assuredly garner strong opinions - both from those who agree and disagree with its ideas. Either way, it will leave you thinking. Therein lies its power. I read it in one day and am now rereading already.
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Reviewed based on a copy received through a publishers giveaway. Thank you Shelf Awareness.
This is very enlightening to me as a white person. I think, personally, that it is terrible that black people feel the way that he feels. It must be such a burden and heartache to be made to feel that you are not worth anything, no matter how you live.
I know that a lot of races have gone through this, but this author so places his race as the main race that will never overcome the stigma.
This will be required reading in High School someday. Wow. This book was such an eye opener to my white, blonde girl self. If you only read one book this year, let it be this. It can change your life, like it did for me.
I volunteer on the Anti-Racism Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. I have been working with them for over ten years. But there is always more to know. Mr. Coates is kind enough to share with us his perspective on our sadly torn and cruel nation. As a white person, I appreciate learning from him directly how black people in the U.S. can never have the luxury of saying, "I don't even think about race." Everyday, we will remind him that he is black and we think we are white. As Toni Morrison wrote on the back cover, "This is required reading."