Is Ta-Nehisi Coates' New Book 'Between the World and Me' Bleak and Hopeless?

Is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book, Between the World and Me,  styled as a letter to his 15-year-old son Samori, the opposite of the song that has become somewhat of a rallying cry at some Black Lives Matter movement events, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”?

I have read critiques of Coates’ book which lament it as “hopeless” or “bleak.” The Atlantic, where Coates writes, has gathered substantive critiques of his new book, where people have shared their thoughts...

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