- Jul 2015
or rather the progress of those Americans who believe that they are white,
This is such a powerful articulation--borrowed from Baldwin as the epigraph makes clear--of the social construct of whiteness.
the gap between her world and the world for which I had been summoned to speak.
A riff on the title of TNC's forthcoming book, itself a a riff on WEB Du Bois's famous description of black experience in The Souls of Black Folk (1903). As he opens that book in a chapter entitled "Of Our Spiritual Strivings":
BETWEEN me and the other world there is ever an unasked question: unasked by some through feelings of delicacy; by others through the difficulty of rightly framing it. All, nevertheless, flutter round it.
JUL 4, 2015
Hard not to relate this piece to another great statement of African American experience: Frederick Douglass's 1841 speech “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”
lose my body
I'm just trying to imagine how it might make Coates son squirm to have his dad talk to him about his body. I guess I'm squirming a bit too. I'm expecting to hear about racism, but here I'm being asked to think about a body.
- African American Literature
- son and father
- James Baldwin
- Ta-Nehisi Coates
- African American literature
- white supremacy
- W.E.B. Du Bois
- public letters
- Letter to My Son