Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
I had been meaning to read this since it came out, but I finally picked it up from the library yesterday and read the whole thing in one sitting. Then cried for maybe an hour. Then pulled myself together to go out with friends, but cried a little on and off with them too.
This book changed my life. I can't go on living and doing things the same way. I feel like I've woken up from a dream, but the weird thing is that I've been actively trying to wake up. Thought I was woke. I've read a bunch of other things about racism. white fragility. the prison industrial complex. I educated myself, but was still dreaming on some level.
This was like a punch in the face. It hurt. I didn't like it. But I'm awake now.
Please read this. Esp. white people or "people who believe they are white" as Ta-Nehisi Coates puts it. People who believe they are white are dreaming, and the dream is killing all of us.