Throughout Black History Month, members of Aldersgate’s Faith and Race Task Group will be sharing some resources and opportunities that we have found personally helpful or interesting in our own journey in pursuing anti-racism. As you may know, I (Danielle) have a bit of a commute to work at Aldersgate, and I have found audiobooks to be especially helpful in making the drive seem a little shorter and much more enjoyable. During my drive this week, I listened to the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Between the World and Me is a memoir written as a letter from Coates to his son, in which he explains how to exist as a black man in modern day America. Coates’ descriptions of black bodies as simultaneously precious, strong, and fragile are especially poignant as the reader is made to see clearly that to exist as a black man in America is to constantly fear for the safety of your body. The book is short (only 3 and a half hours as an audiobook) and doesn’t sugarcoat. As a white woman, I will never be able to understand what it is like to be a black man in America, but this book gave me a more direct picture of America’s war on black bodies. The book is available in print, but if you are interested in trying out audiobooks, Ta-Nehisi Coates narrates Between the World and Me himself, which I feel only enhances the experience of the book.
If you’re curious to know more about Between the World and Me, I would love to talk with you about it sometime.