Ta-Nehisi Coates has written and narrated a very important book in US history not because it is about racism but because it provides a solution to. The solution is not apparent but it can be felt at the end of the book as a realization of the mistakes that white people have committed over the centuries. Not racism according to the author but the word race should be abolished from the minds forever.
To feel the effect of racism on the mind and soul Coates gives us an idea; according to it we should try to feel that we get the chance to enter the body of a black guy. First question is that would a white want to get in that body i.e a body that he has been showing hatred to all his life. Segregation is just the first thing we talk about in general public about racism but there are bitter truths about body exploitation and then the inhuman slavery joins in.
On the surface the book is just a letter from father to his son in which he tells his son about the world that he saw during his lifetime. But as listeners we also come to know that the world that he saw in his university career and as an adult in society was not pretty at all.
There is slavery, hate and the moreover there exists in his tale murders of children that went unnoticed. The Water Dancer (Oprah’s Book Club) and We Were Eight Years in Power lacked such corrosiveness. This book is like a catharsis that he wanted to have, so he wrote everything that was trapped in his heart for a very longtime.
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