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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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