Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: Summary & Analysis

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As society has experienced the recent deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner through media coverage, it has began a dialogue regarding the treatment of young men of color and the attitude of law enforcement and lawmakers in regards to the safety and security of the urban black population. Between the World and Me is a letter Ta-Nehisi Coates writes to his teenage son, one that describes the tragedy and truth of the black experience, and focuses on what it means to be a child and parent in the black community and how lives are impacted by the inherent racism and societally engrained perspective held by those in power.
Coates begins his narrative addressing the lack of prosecution of the police officer killing of Michael Brown, a young, black man. After hearing that the killer of Brown would go free, Coates' son Samori leaves the room and is later heard crying...
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A gloss of suffering

Choose this book if you wish an overview of mr. Coates book. Nuance and his use of language are lost in this abbreviated version. The performance is well done.
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- sonja jaffee

great supplement to the full writing by Coates

As I finished "Between the World and Me," I struggled with a single cohesive opinion on his writing. This supplement affirmed some of my criticisms of the original writing, while clarifying some ambiguities for me.

As a deep thinker, as deep as one can consider himself to be prior to reaching new depths, I found myself categorized as a "dreamer" which is a finite box in which Coates clumps society... and though he doesn't outright condemn the dreamers, he blames them - us - for the woes of those who aren't (albeit defined as self-determined white) white. There is an elitist air about Coates goading us dreamers to awaken to a general reality. I personally find this behavior to be the humanistic flaw behind racism, sexism, elitism, but in defiance OF this air, the same air is expressed. I'm left debating whether to accept my classification or to meet the challenge of waking up. This choice is where I find Coates writing to be very compelling and rich! At the heart of his writing, Coates expresses a deeply thought through narrative of HIS experience, which is all a deep thinker ultimately can do.

This supplement helped me to work through Coates paradoxes and contradictions and to see his ideas and experiences in the context of a perspective I can never truly understand.
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- Alan C. Earing

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-26-2015
  • Publisher: Instaread