"Somewhere out there beyond the firmament, past the asteroid belt, there were other worlds where children did not regularly fear for their bodies. I knew this because there was a large television resting in my living room....My understanding of the universe was physical, and its moral arc bent towards chaos then concluded in a box....Fear ruled everything around me, and I knew, as all black people do, that this fear was connected to the Dream out there, to the unworried boys, to pies and pot roast, to the white fences and green lawns nightly beamed into our television sets."
This is the first work I've read by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I'd seen his name mentioned on Twitter, and I'd seen quotes attributed to him, but didn't know much about him. Then, this past Thursday night he appeared as a guest on The Daily Show to promote Between the World and Me. I was so intrigued by the interview that I purchased the book the following day. I'm so glad I did. To say that I'm blown away would be an understatement. Three words come to mind so far, 24% in: profound, eloquent, thought-provoking.
If anyone is interested in watching the interview, you can find it here: http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/yy2dzc/ta-nehisi-coates