Watch Ta-Nehisi Coates Launch His New Book in Baltimore

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Ta-Nahesi Coates, one of America’s foremost intellects, just published a new book which takes the form of a letter to his young son.

This is especially exciting and relevant news for Baltimore. That’s both because Coates grew up here and because his writing about systemic, structural racism in America feels particularly important considering the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent protests. (The book was written before Gray’s death, but as Coates said at his book launch, “Unfortunately, if I’d known about these incidents, it wouldn’t have made any difference in how I wrote the book. The point that I make in the book is that if you’re black, your body has no worth at all except as a piece of meat.”)

In a book launch event at the Union Baptist Church, Coates spoke about the visceral, lived fear of growing up black and male in Baltimore (and in the United States), the value of struggle, and other ideas worthy of your time and attention. More than 600 people were there; if you weren’t, you can watch the video here:



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