In the book that topped the New York Times best seller list earlier this year, Ta-Nehisi Coates confronts the notion of race and its shaping of American history.
The short memoir explains that Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and those killed in South Carolina are the result of a systematically constructed and maintained assault to black people.
This structure includes slavery, mass incarceration, and police brutality as part of its foundation.
From his passionate and deliberate breakdown of the concept of race itself to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, Coates powerfully sums up the history of the subjugation of black people in the United States.
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