Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

"They had forgotten the scale of theft that enriched them in slavery, the terror that allowed them, for a century, to pilfer the vote; the segregationist policy that gave them their suburbs. They have forgotten, because to remember would tumble them out of the beautiful Dream and force them to live down here with us, down here in the world."

"They had forgotten the scale of theft that enriched them in slavery, the terror that allowed them, for a century, to pilfer the vote; the segregationist policy that gave them their suburbs. They have forgotten, because to remember would tumble them out of the beautiful Dream and force them to live down here with us, down here in the world."

U.S.A. / 2015

In 2015, Between the World and Me won a National Book Award in the Nonfiction category. Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. The book is "a brutally honest portrayal of the plight of the African-American male in this country.  Composed as a letter to his adolescent son, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes with chilling bleakness and precision about racism in America.  This is no simple account of racism, but rather a concise attack on a system which has consistently rendered black lives worthless.  Incorporating history and personal memoir, Coates has succeeded in creating an essential text for any thinking American today." — National Book Foundation.

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