Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Myth of Black Criminality

21 Sep

Would you look at this? A post?!



I just finished the book Dateonomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game by financial writer Jon Birger. It was an interesting, quick read. Hopefully I’ll post about it this week. Birger briefly highlights the dating within the black community in the book. I’m about to move onto Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. But before that, I need to finish Coates’ latest piece “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” It’s the cover story of The Atlantic’s October issue.

Included in the online version, is an awesome video representation of an interview with Coates exploring the myth of black criminality. I felt it worth posting.

And for more on the prison industry complex and how it decimates black community, check out Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Full disclosure: I haven’t read it in its entirety. The book’s introduction was just so disheartening that I stopped. I just wasn’t in a good enough place to push through. I think I’ll revisit, after I insert some light-hearted fiction into my reading list. We all need some fluff.


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