Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesShare: Share on Facebook. Add to Cart. 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? As the book progresses, he offers philosophical investigations into systems of slavery, police brutality, what it means to parent a child, and other topics that are of critical import for understanding identity in twenty-first-century America.
Letter to My Son
As an African-American, he makes me proud. There is no other way to put it. I do not always agree with him, but it hardly matters. He is invariably humble, yet subtly defiant. And people listen. As a civil rights lawyer, activist, legal scholar and mother of three black children, I could not wait to read what Coates had to say to black young people at this moment in our history, a time when many are struggling to make sense of how frequently black lives can be destroyed legally through incessant police violence and mass incarceration.
Last Sunday the host of a popular news show asked me what it meant to lose my body. The host was broadcasting from Washington, D. A satellite closed the miles between us, but no machinery could close the gap between her world and the world for which I had been summoned to speak. When the host asked me about my body, her face faded from the screen, and was replaced by a scroll of words, written by me earlier that week. The host read these words for the audience, and when she finished she turned to the subject of my body, although she did not mention it specifically. But by now I am accustomed to intelligent people asking about the condition of my body without realizing the nature of their request.
Between the World and Me is a book written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and published by Spiegel & Grau. It is written as a letter to the author's teenage son.
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