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

Coates was born 1975 in Baltimore during the crack epidemic. He is a renowned journalist and writer. Between the World and Me won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Coates is a very excellent writer because he manages to cover polarizing and intricate topics with amazing clarity and lyrical beauty. Another work by Coates that I recommend is his highly praised 2014 article for The Atlantic, "The Case of Reparations." This book is a force to be reckoned with. It has catapulted Coates to the status as an authority on race and literature. 

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