By the time I began reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, the racialized world the book describes failed to startle me. I knew a little bit about that world — at least in its Houston form. What surprised me in Coates’ writing was his surgical ability to use words to dissect our country’s racialization; his ability to empower readers — seemingly even white readers — to see our nation through his eyes and his relentless interrogation of the racial edges of “the American dream.”
As we reflect today on Brown vs. The Board of Education and its goal of educational equity, I am haunted by Coates’ damning testimony against America’s educational system and the racist state of our Union. By reading between the lines of Between the World and Me, we see that Brown failed to achieve its stated goal because Brown failed to reckon…
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