Insole Book Club – April

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Huge apologies for the delay in getting the notes up for last months Book Club meeting. I’ve got a busy month in work at the moment and I have been trying to buy a house! So sorry that I am only getting around to this now. A few notes below as well as some further reading, watching, viewing etc. Really interested to know if this format is useful to those who aren’t able to make it to the meetings… please feel free to comment below!

Uncomfortable.

Informative.

Whole other perspective.

The lack of hope was quite depressing at times.

Explanations were good.

Meditative. But had to concentrate.

Quite intense. Felt sad for him that he felt , maybe rightly so, that there’s no hope for the future. Poor son.

Comparison to the way education is discussed in Becoming by Michelle Obama.

‘Those who believe themselves to be white’ really interesting concept.

The Dream. Picket fence. American Dream. Alignment of values.

Contrasted Coates’ description to our perceptions of the experiences of people of colour in the UK. Despite the UK’s heavy involvement in slavery, it seems different.

Discussed the fact that one National Trust building has started to have open discussions with their visitors about its history.

Felt a bit like a dissertation at times.

‘The black body’ so raw. The physicality of his writing is powerful. Some were able to relate to the lack of ownership of our bodies as women.

Some have criticised the lack of women’s perspective. We didn’t agree.

Some found it to be poetic.

Pre-Trump/Pre-Brexit, when the book was published, we’re more used to discussing the darker side to life and culture. Landscape has changed.

We also discussed young peoples relationship with police in Paris after talking about Coate’s experience there. You can read more about it here, thanks to Grace for sharing.

  • Toni Morrison
  • Beyonce’s Homecoming on Netflix
  • Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • explained: The Racial Wealth Gap on Netflix
  • Black in America CNN Documentary
  • Dear White People on Netflix
  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright

Looking forward to discussing Eight Months on Ghazzah Street by Hilary Mantel on Tuesday 28th May at 7pm, at Insole Court.

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