Between the World and Me Quotes by Ta-Nehisi Coates(page 5 of 23)
Between the World and Me Quotes
Every other week Oscar van Gelderen, the publisher at Lebowski in Holland, who blogs here , summarizes a notable work of non fiction in ten quotes, with an emphasis on style and voice. No spoilers. Racism—the need to ascribe bone-deep features to people and then humiliate, reduce, and destroy them—inevitably follows from this inalterable condition. In this way, racism is rendered as the innocent daughter of Mother Nature, and one is left to deplore the Middle Passage or Trail of Tears the way one deplores an earthquake, a tornado, or any other phenomenon that can be cast as beyond the handiwork of men. And you know now, if you did not before, that the police departments of your country have been endowed with the authority to destroy your body. It does not matter if the destruction is the result of an unfortunate overreaction. It does not matter if it originates in a misunderstanding.
Part of Coates's work in this book is to dismantle certain myths. One of those is that race is a real, tangible thing defined by hue and hair and other clear boundaries. Coates explains how whiteness is a construct because who is considered white has changed so many times throughout history. Blackness, then, is also a construct. It was created to make sure there was a "below" - a mass of people that lays the foundation for the privileged group to stand upon. This makes the notion of race even more insidious since people do not understand its origins and it is difficult to find real ways to address it. America makes no claim to the banal.
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Cultural critic and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates has inspired us -- and many others --through his writing on the intersection of the race and policy and their application to modern-day realities. In his forthcoming memoir, Between the World and Me , due Tuesday, Coates investigates the marginalization of the black community while also reflecting on personal experiences. The book, which is partly addressed to his son, has already earned rave reviews. The cover of the book is branded with praise from Toni Morrison herself, who writes: "This is required reading. We rounded up some of Coates' most powerful quotes.