“You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.”
Toni Morrison says this book is required reading. Its also the perfect book to dive into this February, during #blackhistorymonth.
Coates attempts to answer pivotal questions about American history and the most intimate of concerns of a father his child. Written as a letter to 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?" (Amazon description)
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.
Have you read this book? I actually found it at my local library in the high school summer reading section. I hope that the school system handles the very important discussions that this book will likely prompt, properly.