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Between the world and me av Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Between the world and me (utgåvan 2015)

av Ta-Nehisi Coates

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"For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him -- most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of? In Tremble for My Country, Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings -- moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police. In his trademark style -- a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage -- Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here"--… (mer)
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Titel:Between the world and me
Författare:Ta-Nehisi Coates
Info:Melbourne, Victoria : The Text Publishing Company, 2015
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This is an important read, especially for those who—like me—haven't lived the experience. Intellectually, I know that there is an issue with the way people of color (and especially Black people) are treated in the United States. But I haven't lived that experience, and so it was hard to wrap my head around how bad it was. I still haven't lived the experience, but now, after reading this book, I have had it described to me in a way I can internalize it.

For its honesty though, this book is also gentle. It was written with love, as a letter from a father to a son, and that shows in the writing. It is harsh, because the reality is harsh... but it is also kind, because it was written with love. This is a book that I think all Americans should read, especially those who haven't had to live the experiences described in its pages. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | Apr 13, 2021 |
I don't know how to review this book. I listened to it, and it was read by the author, which I think gave it even more gravitas than it would already have. I felt white guilt, horror, and helplessness while reading it. As often happens when I watch the news these days, I couldn't help but think, "How do we fix this?" Any answers to that would be appreciated. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
Ta-Nehisi Coates writes beautifully. I loved his book The Water Dancer, and like that book there are passages in this one that made me stop and marvel that anyone can be possessed of so much skill with words.

Written as a letter to his 15 year old son, Between the World and Me is an autobiographical recounting of the anger and frustration, the worry and fear of a Black father for his son's future. It's an attempt to arm his son with some of the knowledge he will need to navigate the world. It's a reflection on Race, and on the damaging power to Black bodies of the "Dream" of those who "believe themselves to be White". It's also a story of personal growth by a man who acknowledges he is not perfect and still has things to learn himself.

It's an instant classic. It's a must read, as Toni Morrison said. I don't know what took me so long to read it.

I rate Between the World and Me 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - I really liked it and am glad I read it. It moved me, and I recommend it. ( )
  stevrbee | Mar 31, 2021 |
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over

Through the framework of a letter to his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates teaches readers what growing up black in Baltimore involves. But he doesn’t stop with a simple narrative. Acknowledging and accepting the reality of being black in America gives Coates the freedom to study his world and understand why things are the way they are. He explores the historical, philosophical, and sociological elements at work in his experience, hoping he can prevent the perpetuation of fear onto his son.

One of the strongest parts of the book is Coates stating this is how he grew up, not what he wants for his son. He fights against passing on the burden of blaming the victim. It makes no difference how careful, respectful, or prepared. A black body is at risk just by nature of being, so why corrupt the minds of children to avoid a fate too random to be avoided?

Being raised black as he was compares to the language of poverty. Its rules fill your brain until you have nothing left for the rest. For poverty, escape is called “getting out,” but how do you “get out” of the color of your skin? I don’t normally put quotes in my reviews, but this book demands them.

QUOTE: I have no desire to make you “tough” or “street,” perhaps because any “toughness” I garnered came reluctantly. I think I was always, somehow, aware of the price. I think I somehow knew that that third of my brain should have been concerned with more beautiful things.

This is both memoir and sociological dissection, but never distanced or impartial. To not act on lessons beaten into your skin is another kind of courage. To give his son the chance to learn a new way.

Don’t expect a comfortable read with easy places to take a break. This is a powerful narrative you must rip yourself free of. Some elements are common to a broader experience, but others exist only to keep those who grow up black in the U.S. controlled. At the same time, the memoir is not a grim telling either. He experiences frustration, anger, and pain, but also moments of community and connection that spring from the same source. While being black meant living under the shadow of making a fatal error, his color tied him to a brotherhood with a culture and language all its own.

QUOTE: We have taken the one-drop rules of Dreamers and flipped them. They made us into a race. We made ourselves into a people.

Coates’ memoir, in combination with his study of the events, promises to spark necessary discussions far beyond his son and the black community. He examines race and racism not as complementary facts, but as deliberate lies told to create a separation and denial of personhood. Systematic racism, laced into every aspect of American society, allows people to look away from injustice as though justified. Coates’ exploration of the underlying structure and exposing of the rot beneath the American Dream may bring about genuine change if enough are willing to learn.

I think it’s important in my review of such a work not to speak for someone who has lived a life apart from mine despite parallels. This quote encapsulates why I connect with the book better than I could restate anyway.

QUOTE: That is the best of what the old heads meant when they spoke of being “politically conscious”–as much a series of actions as a state of being, a constant questioning, questioning as ritual, questioning as exploration.

Through a mix of memoir and philosophy, each reflecting on the other, Coates offers a thoughtful, and thought-provoking, accounting of growing up black in the United States. It’s something we can learn from, whether part of the black community or separated from it. We, too, can enter the state of being where questions break down walls. We can reject the false mythology of the American Dream being equally available to everyone that stands ignorant of the past and of the costs it extracts in the present.

I’ll leave you with a final quote, a wish for non-conformity when conforming offers no safety and only hinders the path of change.

QUOTE: You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable. None of that can change the math anyway. I never wanted you to be twice as good as them, so much as I have always wanted you to attack every day of your brief bright life in struggle. ( )
  MarFisk | Mar 23, 2021 |
Between the World and Me is a letter from the author to his teenage son about being Black in America. It pivots from huge questions about American history to intimate moments between both of them. Toni Morrison labeled this memoir as “required reading.”

Review from: The Write of Your Life. A List of Books About Racism.
  stlukeschurch | Mar 8, 2021 |
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Between the World and Me is, in important ways, a book written toward white Americans, and I say this as one them. White Americans may need to read this book more urgently and carefully than anyone, and their own sons and daughters need to read it as well. This is not to say this is a book about white people, but rather that it is a terrible mistake for anyone to assume that this is just a book about nonwhite people. In the broadest terms Between the World and Me is about the cautious, tortured, but finally optimistic belief that something beyond these categories persists. Implicit in this book’s existence is a conviction that people are fundamentally reachable, perhaps not all of them but enough, that recognition and empathy are within grasp, that words and language are capable of changing people, even if—especially if—those words are not ones people prefer to hear.
tillagd av elenchus | ändraslate.com, Jack Hamilton (Jul 9, 2015)
 
In the scant space of barely 160 pages, Atlantic national correspondent Coates (The Beautiful Struggle) has composed an immense, multifaceted work. This is a poet's book, revealing the sensibility of a writer to whom words—exact words—matter....It's also a journalist's book, not only because it speaks so forcefully to issues of grave interest today, but because of its close attention to fact...As a meditation on race in America, haunted by the bodies of black men, women, and children, Coates's compelling, indeed stunning, work is rare in its power to make you want to slow down and read every word. This is a book that will be hailed as a classic of our time.
tillagd av theaelizabet | ändraPublishers Weekly
 

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"For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him -- most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of? In Tremble for My Country, Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings -- moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police. In his trademark style -- a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage -- Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here"--

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