Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is quite a profound book, a long letter to the author's fifteen-year-old son, in which Coates outlines the obstacles, the injustices, the efforts, and his own history in a white America. What I discerned was the obvious thought that a white person cannot fully know or understand how the impact of slavery and discrimination affects every black person in America.
Despite the fact that Americans elected a black president, there remains the rampant undergrowth of racism in this country. Black Americans encounter this all the time. We white Americans need just look at the headlines of some of the black youth and men who are gunned down when confronted by police officers. And, despite his many successes in leading this country, President Barack Obama is belittled, denigrated, and insulted by the segment of our population that is composed of die-hard racists.
Coates writes eloquently of present day America. Whenever I read a book of this caliber I hope that it will become part of a student's curriculum.
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