Between The World and Me
By: Ta-Nehisi Coates ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Book 66/100 Pages: 152
“An America that looks away is ignoring not just the sins of the past but the sins of the present and the certain sins of the future.”
A beautifully crafted piece, a portrait painted of America through the eyes of Ta-Nehisi Coates. Written as a letter to his adolescent son, Coates transcribes multiple accounts of atrocities and the reality of racial problems in America. This is a man-man problem, and a grim reality that many people tend to ignore. .
Coates continually exposes the terror of everyday reality, much of these punishments in no way are equal to the crime. The biggest takeaway is not only learning about the lessons he is imparting, retaining that knowledge, then acting upon the lessons and knowledge. We must stand together, ask the right questions, and support one another. .
“You must resist the common urge toward the comforting narrative of divine law, toward fairy tales that imply some irrepressible justice. The enslaved were not bricks in your road, and their lives were not chapters in your redemptive history. They were people turned to fuel for the American machine. Enslavement was not destined to end, and it is wrong to claim our present circumstance—no matter how improved—as the redemption for the lives of people who never asked for the posthumous, untouchable glory of dying for their children. Our triumphs can never compensate for this.”