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Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Between the World and Me helps us all fight prejudice and prepares young black men in the US for growing up by revealing Ta-Nehisi Coates's reality of life as a black man dealing with racism in America.

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Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Nobody can really know what it's like to live life as an African American in the US unless they've experienced it. Slavery and discrimination may be illegal, but you can still see racism in every aspect of public life in America.

In Between the World and Me, author and award-winning journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates pulls back the curtain and allows us to see the black condition in America today. We see how policies and culture have given them an unfair horizontal trajectory.

Coates wrote this book as a letter to his teenage son. He reveals a life of fear that is part of black people's everyday life because the system that should protect them falls woefully short. "In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body - it is heritage." [Ta-Nehisi Coates]

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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."

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