I listened to this back in December but the All-Nonfiction group selected it for their August discussion so I thought I’d get the Kindle version and have another go. I appreciated it the first time but I read a review somewhere which said it needed two readings to really understand what he was saying so …. First Review –
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2015 / 152 pages –
This time Coates’ anger got through even more loudly. The man is pissed at seeing his “tribe” the people with black bodies, violated in physical ways – being shot, beaten, robbed, etc.
I really don’t agree with every detail, I do think it’s important to read the book and understand it because if we’re ever going to have a conversa-tion about race – (meaning skin color) – in this country then some of us need to start listening.
The idea that this is a letter to his son is a literary device but it does serve to alert the reader that Coates may not be writing for a white audience. And it’s apparently part memoir so much of the information is the way he sees it now, remembers it.
Again – “People who believe they are white” is a phrase repeated more than a few times. What the heck does it mean? See http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlgregg/2015/09/what-ta-nehisi-coates-taught-me-about-people-who-believe-they-are-white/