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Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Ta-Nehisi Coates' letter to his teenage son reveals the discrimination and difficulties that black men face in the U.S., in the hopes of preparing the next generation for the fight that lies ahead of them.


Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Black people in the U.S. face discrimination, prejudice, and violence that white people never even have to think about. Discrimination may be illegal, but racism is still rife in America's institutions, social spaces, and public life in America.

In Between the World and Me is author and award-winning journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates' open letter to his teenage son, which pulls back the curtain on what it's like to live as a Black man in the U.S. Through writing about his personal experiences with racism, discrimination, and violence, Coates looks to prepare young Black Americans for their future, and the fight that must be had against institutional racism in teh U.S.

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You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.

- Ta-Nehisi Coates

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