Reading Coates while White (I)

(note: there’s so much to say on this topic, that unless I break it into several short posts, I’ll never get any of it written)

It’s no small indication of my whiteness that when I read the title of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, Between the World and Me, I heard something vaguely poetic, something along the lines of “the world is too much with us” or “had we world enough and time”. My chagrin, then, in finding that the line comes from Richard Wright and the sudden dread of knowing what was meant by coming between an individual and the world.


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