August 14, 2017
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Black lightning bolts of incendiary sense leap off each page of this manual for awakening, particularly the fallacy of 'white' as a race:
"We are captured, brother, surrounded by the majoritarian bandits of America. And this has happened here, in our only home, and the terrible truth is that we cannot will ourselves to an escape on our own. Perhaps that was, is, the hope of the [Civil Rights] movement: to awaken the Dreamers,* to rouse them to the facts of what their need to be white, to talk like they are white, to think that they are white, which is to think that they are beyond the design flaws of humanity, has done to the world." (p. 146)
*not an immigration reference, but to the American destructive Dream of whiteness.