Upon finishing this book, I emailed a group of friends: "I implore you to read it right away. It's 152 (small) pages. I ask less because I believe it's our social responsibility (though I do) and more because it would really mean a lot to me." Below are some supplementary articles from Coates and in response to the book, should you decide to dive.
  1. The book itself.
  2. New York Times review
  3. Video: Coates on Police Brutality and reading from BTWAM
    via Democracy Now: reading: http://bit.ly/1IUqiX0 // interview: http://bit.ly/1UxGnOH
  4. Daily Show with Jon Stewart interview
    Via Comedy Central: http://on.cc.com/1IUNEvH
  5. The Hard Truths of Ta-Nehisi Coates
  6. Short film on the first and only American museum about slavery. "Unless you know what the 'it' is, don't ask the question, 'why can't they get over it?'"
    Via The Atlantic: http://theatln.tc/1Ly4SGG
  7. Between the World and Me: Black American Motherhood
    Via The Atlantic: http://theatln.tc/1g4pQyE
  8. The fight for the soul of #BlackLivesMatter
  9. The Case for Reparations (by Coates, June 2014)
    via the Atlantic http://theatln.tc/1UgDT73
  10. Hillary Clinton, Pressed on Race, Issues Her Own Challenge
    Timely candid interview with Clinton and BLM protestors. Via New York Times: http://nyti.ms/1E3xQeZ
  11. The Katrina Class: profiles of students in a New Orleans 3rd Grade class that never was, 10 years after the storm.
    Only peripherally related to the book, but a very moving look at displaced children from Tréme. Via Garden and Gun. Read article, then watch short film: http://bit.ly/1LSV9ry
  12. The last paragraph in the email I sent my friends began: "I feel like reading the book will shed some light on the way I see things and the reason I punched a hole in that closet door in Jacksonville that night."
    This night in Jacksonville was shortly after the Michael Richards incident at the Laugh Factory in 2006.
  13. And ended in saying: "I think we all can/will/should be critical of parts of the book, but he articulates - in ways I can never touch - how I feel. I just think it's important text to be absorbed and considered, and I'd love so much to be able to talk through it with you guys next time we're in a car or at a campfire."
    And maybe, after considering this for several weeks, I only want to be in a car or at a campfire with friends who've considered this book.