And if you read TWO books this year, either read “Between the World and Me” again, or read Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow.
“Between the World and Me” struck me like Malcolm X’s autobiography did as a teenager. But it struck me not as “angry”, instead honest. Coates is gifted in his ability to speak and write truth, cutting away all that isn’t. He brought me to re-read Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time. It’s frightening and terrible how relevant Baldwin’s words remain today.