WHO: Ta-Nehisi Coates
WHAT: Writer; contributing editor at The Atlantic
WHEN: Born September 30, 1975
WHERE: Born in Baltimore, Maryland; currently resides in Harlem
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Between the World and Me: "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."
“But all our phrasing—race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the economics, the graphs, the charts, the regressions all land, with great violence, upon the body.” (from Between the World and Me)
“You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.” (Between the World and Me)