Between the World and Me - WikipediaLast Sunday the host of a popular news show asked me what it meant to lose my body. The host was broadcasting from Washington, D. A satellite closed the miles between us, but no machinery could close the gap between her world and the world for which I had been summoned to speak. When the host asked me about my body, her face faded from the screen, and was replaced by a scroll of words, written by me earlier that week. The host read these words for the audience, and when she finished she turned to the subject of my body, although she did not mention it specifically.
Letter to My Son
It is written as a letter to the author's teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States. Coates recapitulates American history and explains to his son the "racist violence that has been woven into American culture. Unlike Baldwin, Coates sees white supremacy as an indestructible force, one that Black Americans will never evade or erase, but will always struggle against. The novelist Toni Morrison wrote that Coates filled an intellectual gap in succession to James Baldwin. Coates, a writer for The Atlantic , had been reading James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time and was determined to make his second meeting with the president less deferential than his first.
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