31 books finished in 2015: Between the World and Me

31 books finished in 2015

this book should be read
by every Good White Person
and the not so good

One of my friends (or maybe Jon Stewart?) commented on his constant reference to Black Bodies. This was definitely powerful, and I’m glad I knew to listen for it. There was a lot of lyrical/poetic repetition throughout the book, that would emphasize some points and draw curiosity to others.

He references non-black people in a progression of ways: “those who think they are white,” “who need to believe they are white,” etc. You could feel the tension in this, the fear of being defined as other, as black, as dangerous.

He also talks a lot about The Dreamers. It was explained near the beginning of the book, but they kept coming up again and again. Poking holes in our illusion of the American Dream.

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