Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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This is probably one of the most important reads for me this year, and definitely the most enlightening.<br/><br/>I have to admit I knew next to nothing about the lives of black women and men in America, apart from what I saw in the news, and the strong feeling that <i>something isn't right</i>. Whenever I heard news about another black person killed in questionable circumstances, I felt there's something there (which wasn't as simple as hate towards another skin colour) that's hard to grasp, but that allows these things to happen.<br/><br/>This book gave me incredible insight into the mind and feelings of a person growing up in these circumstances, and how completely different their life is from what can be viewed from the outside.<br/><br/>I had no idea how little I knew before I read this book. The "ungraspable something" I mentioned is much clearer in my mind now.<br/><br/>It's an important read for anyone, because it concerns equality on a basic human level, and how perceived freedom can be extremely far from it.
The best book on race relations that I have read. Ta-Nehisi manages to place you in the shoes of a young black man in America in order to understand the deep-seated institutional racism at play within society.