between the world and me
GPS for the Soul
I am now in prison, and like so many other black bodies, I have been systematically removed from the American collective.
You can totally stop being an ignorant racist right now. This instant. You don't even have to lift a finger. All you have to do is learn. I've said it before and I'll say it again: it is never a bad thing to learn.
My President's complex reality reflects that of my own. Detachment from my paternal African heritage has made me obsess and detest a part of my own identity. Protected by an upper-middle class socio-economic environment, I have been distant from the African American mainstream that is rooted in Coates's bleak reality.
As the journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates has become a household name over the last year with his National Book Award
Coates paints a stark picture of race in America. But if we are willing to listen, his book also has much to teach entrepreneurs, investors and others in the venture ecosystem grappling with our well-documented diversity problem.
This past summer, I read Atlantic Media journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book Between the World and Me. To say it had a profound impact on me and the way I understand race relations in the U.S does not do the piece justice. I finished it with a dropped jaw.
If Yale had an inclusive culture, perhaps more than 1,000 students wouldn't have had to march this week against racial insensitivity. If Missouri had it, perhaps Butler would not have gone hungry; and Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin might still be employed. We have work to do.
Overall, Between the World and Me would make for a powerful addition to any bookshelf, lap, bedside table, hand, or desk. Its masterful lettering, mostly monochromatic jacket, and appropriately thick pages are a treasure to behold.
Arts & Culture
Congratulations to the Between the World and Me author.
It is a beautiful thing to have a feeling, a notion and then transform it into something tangible. It's like being in the X-Men.
Unless and until white Americans recognize that the very forces that plunder and kill black bodies are a product of forces that sustain white privilege in a way that will ultimately destroy the planet itself, racism will be kept at a distance -- a "problem" to be solved. And it never will be.
Well, not a bar -- a book group. (Though this book group has convened in bars.) My book group is unsure of what to read next. Perhaps we'll read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. There is debate about this, but since I'll be hosting, the final decision falls to me.
Through deeply personal stories and reflections, Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book "Between the World and Me" provides essential perspective into a critical topic: violence against black people. The book's primary shortcoming is that it fails to offer any real vision or policy solutions.
Coates' matter-of-fact social commentary deals with the reality of being black in America.