Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates x2

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 –
rating 9

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