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We Were Eight Years in Power
We Were Eight Years in Power: Essays on the Obama Era | Ta-Nehisi Coates
Powerful and necessary, a state-of-the-nation portrait of America under Obama from the prize-winning, bestselling author of Between the World and Me From 2008-2016, the leader of the free world was a black man. Obama's presidency reshaped America and transformed the international conversation around politics, race, equality. But it attracted criticism and bred discontent as much as it inspired hope - so much so, that the world now faces an uncertain future under a very different kind of US President. In this essential new book, peerless writer Ta-Nehisi Coates takes stock of the Obama era, speaking authoritatively from political, ideological and cultural perspectives, and draws a sophisticated and penetrating portrait of America today.
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meagankc21
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Airport reading! This is for my #bookbingo "a book written by a journalist." Ta-Nehisi Coates We Were Eight Years In Power is such a smart read so far. #halfbloodbingo #amreadingnonfiction #pocauthors #amreading

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Sweettartlaura
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This book is why I read.
To learn.
To grow.
To challenge my worldview.
To think hard thoughts.
To reveal what has been hidden.
To start anew.

Ashley_Nicoletto ❤️🙌🏼❤️🙌🏼 1mo
Leftcoastzen It‘s a great book! 1mo
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Hyggescence
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So enjoyed listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates discuss his book the other night! #authorevents

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MelissaSue81
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Book #3 complete for #24b4monday! And my kitchen is cleaned up! “An American Tragedy” is definitely a proper subtitle for this book. Race in America has such a long, horrible history that it feels impossible that we can ever make real progress and the Trump presidency is a big glaring indicator of this. Certainly not a hopeful book, but an honest one. Coates is an amazing writer. As I mentioned in an earlier post bad narrator for this audiobook.

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MelissaSue81
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So i forgot to start my stopwatch for my audiobook drive into work, so I really have about 30 minutes more than this for day 1 of #24b4monday. goals for tomorrow are to finish this audiobook and Ellie and The Harpmaker #netgalley Arc. I also have “we should all be feminists” next up on Audio which is short so maybe I can finish 3 books tomorrow!

SW-T Even my husband liked 5mo
thereadingunicorn Totally forgot about the stop watch . I been tracking it my head because I have to keep stoping for my daughter or cleaning . 5mo
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MelissaSue81
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I‘m about halfway through this audiobook and it is so interesting.. race in America is so much more complex than we can even scratch the surface of, but Coates attempts to.. but the point of this post is OMG the narrator is killlling me. Why do Michelle Obama, Bill Cosby and a racist southern white guy all have the same voice/accent? Just read it straight if you‘re going to do that.

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We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates is an amazing look into the deeply rooted problems of American society. They say the pen is mightier than the sword. It's a scalpel cutting precisely to dissect society and humanity to see the reality our country faces. As I was reading Coates‘ words, I wondered if he ever reads his writing and thinks ‘damn, I am a magician with words.'
https://onthebl.org/2019/03/31/we-were-eight-years-in-power/

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ontheBL
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“All my life I had watched women support the dreams of men, hand over their own dreams to men, only to wonder, in later years, whether it was all worth it.”

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enidkeaner
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This book is exhilarating, illuminating and, quite frankly, needs to be required reading for every single American. In these essays, Coates doesn‘t just discuss the feelings of being black in America, but the hard, stone cold facts of the subjugation of blacks in this country. Coates tracks how we got to the point we are now: to the presidency of a man Coates refers to as ‘the first white president‘ and our own American tragedy.

Notafraidofwords This book is excellent 6mo
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ontheBL
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“White people are, in some profound way, trapped; it took generations to make them white, and it will take more to unmake them.”

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ontheBL
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"America had a biography, and in that biography, the shackling of black people - slaves and free - feature prominently." Such a good quote.

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vivastory
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...& I will be there! 🤘📚🎉

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 9mo
Leftcoastzen Great! That was one of the best books I read in 2017 9mo
readordierachel Awesome! 9mo
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vivastory @TrishB I'm very excited! 9mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I haven't read it yet but definitely will before the event! 9mo
vivastory @readordierachel I can't wait. It's just a couple of weeks after I'm seeing Jesmyn Ward. 9mo
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abbielistenstobooks
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Should be required reading for white people.

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Trump is elected the first white president and Coates is disappointed and Obama strikes me as broken by all of it.

It‘s an important book both as one of those ‘process‘ books like ‘On writing‘ by Stephen King and as a sort of history through the lens of black culture vis a vis Coated own assumption of that mantle. It‘s a great read.

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Mimi28
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Sorry to get political around the holidays but I can‘t wait to listen to this while doing the puzzles I bought today with my mom. I also got 3 other audio books, just in case this raises our blood pressure too much. I‘m kind of afraid to post this. The rest is my Family Dollar haul with my credit card ( with a limit conveniently raised for the holidays) including origami, and kids coloring books, because like @Trashcanman said, the intricate 👇🏽

Mimi28 The very intricate coloring books make my head hurt and want to jump into a river- lately. Maybe I will get back into them, later. @Trashcanman I sent you and Staci ( hope I am spelling her name right sorry) a card too. Did you get it? Happy holidays everyone!! 🌲🌲❤️❤️❤️👍🏽👍🏽 9mo
Mimi28 Oh, and here‘s #Ozzie being VERY patient, lol 😺😹 ✌🏽❤️ peace and love and books everyone!! ✌🏽❤️📚#catsoflitsy 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage The Coates book is fabulous but heavy. Hope it pairs well with puzzles! 9mo
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Mimi28 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Uh oh, I really don‘t want to be stressed out. Thanks for the heads up. It‘s from the library and I have 3 more. I‘ll switch to the cat mystery I got if it gets to be too much. I‘m already angry at what‘s happening now with the government 😔😡😥 9mo
Mimi28 @BarbaraTheBibliophage I mean, thanks!! Happy Holidays!! 🌲🌲❤️❤️ 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Haha. You‘re welcome. I get it. I have several on my shelf that I can‘t start—for my own mental health! Happy Holidays to you too! 🎄🎄 9mo
QuietlyLaura Ozzie has extra toe beans! 😍😊 9mo
Mimi28 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks!! ❤️❤️❤️👍🏽👍🏽 You‘re awesome!! 9mo
Mimi28 @QuietlyLaura Sorry it took me so long to respond!! Yep, he has 6 toes on his front claws!! His sibling that I saw when I picked him up had 7!! I think on the back paws too!! Happy Holidays!! 🌲🌲❤️❤️ 9mo
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SW-T
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So glad I read it, but it‘s also a reminder that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Some great, though depressing, history, and a look at the ebb and flow of race relations and politics in America.

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UnabridgedPod
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I read SO many excellent books in September! #septemberwrapup. I starred my favorites, but many of these are worth a recommendation.

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LaurenReads
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When a book makes you think and think and you realize it will keep you thinking about our society and how even when things change there are so many people afraid of that change that too much stays the same. #audiobook

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LaurenReads
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1. Yes - all my #audiobooks are nonfiction
2. Probably 20% nonfiction
3. Social issues, science, history, true crime, memoirs - a bit of everything
4. I loved Killers of the Flower Moon
5. The tagged book is my current nonfiction and it‘s so good so far!
#hellothursday

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sarahgreatlove
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I listened to this one on audio. Initially I was disappointed that the author wasn‘t narrating (Between the world and me is amaaazimg narrated by him) but I quickly got over that, the content is so thought provoking and challenging. I learn a ton from these books and this especially gave me new insights into Obama‘s presidency, though that wasn‘t the point of the book overall. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The history breaks the myth. And so the history is ignored, and fictions are weaved into our art and politics that dress villainy in martyrdom and transform banditry into chivalry, and so strong are these fictions that their emblem, the stars and bars, darkens front porches and state capitols across the land to this day

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An important look backwards and forwards through Obama‘s presidency. From the hopeful beginnings through all the hard middle years and into Trump‘s win through Ta-Nehisi Coates contemporaneous writings. Occasionally a little repetitive, but each repetition was valuable within the confines of each essay.

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CoffeeK8
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A friend from the start of today‘s #audiowalk

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24in48
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Welcome to hour 15, readers!! We're going strong at HQ, but need to shake off the mid-afternoon sleepies with some snacks and a check-in. Let us know how it's going for you (we'll be over here noshing on some Cheezits and checking in on participants!) #24in48
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jfalkens Not going too good here, babysitting my nephew and niece and they were napping but my niece woke up as soon as I got my book and started my stopwatch back up 1y
Ash.on.the.line Getting pretty tired! Trying to wake up and start a new book! 1y
funkyfergie Getting there and hoping a little wine will help! 1y
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mrp27 It's going great! Not as many hours as I was hoping but I'm enjoying myself. 1y
teainthelibrary I‘m halfway through my 10th hour, I just want to sleeeep 😴 I‘ve finished a book though and made decent progress on two others! 1y
Readerann The time is speeding by too fast! I won‘t make the 24 hours, but it sure is fun to try. 😀 1y
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CKtheLibrarian
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A lot I didn't know sprinkled throughout this book. Probably not the most uplifting book I needed to listen to at this time. This is a must-read though. My only complaint is that in some parts of this audiobook it sounded like the narrator went back to reread some lines and it made it sound totally different. I'm going to go find a cheesy, stupid funny, audiobook now.

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MeikeReads
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What do you mean, you haven't read Coates yet?! Read this book, NOW!!

Redheadrambles Hello there ! Fancy seeing you here 😀 1y
MeikeReads Hi!! Ace invited me to come and hang out with you guys here! :-) 1y
ClairesReads Hi! Nice to see you here as well!! 1y
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Chelleo Loved this book! Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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MeikeReads @ClairesReads Thanks, Claire! This seems like a really cool app! 1y
MeikeReads @Chelleo Thanks, Chelleo!! 1y
AceOnRoam Meikeeeeeee!!! 😍 1y
MeikeReads @AceOnRoam Juhuuuu!!! :-) 1y
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊 1y
batsy Hello! I follow you on Goodreads :) Lovely to see you here! 1y
MeikeReads Thank you, @Eggs !! 1y
MeikeReads @batsy : Oh, how cool to meet you here!! I love your reviews! 1y
batsy Thank you, you're so kind! I love your reviews 😁 1y
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DivineDiana
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I thought of an idea for #eightdaysaweek ! But it was much harder than I imagined to find corresponding books! So... here‘s a hodgepodge for #heyjune!

Cinfhen Ha! I admire your dedication 😘 1y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen My favorite is that 70‘s skiing cowboy! 🤠 😂😘 1y
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KatrinaRose
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Reading: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Drinking: Rosé
Magazine: for when I want to cry or scream and need a breather

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DebinHawaii
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I love reading Vulture's feature on the top ten desert island book choices of celebrities& what the books mean to them. Of course it's bad for my #TBR pile. 📚📚📚😬📚📚

Below is the link to today's list from Leslie Odem Jr'. He originated the role of Aaron Burr in Hamilton & won the Tony for Best Actor.)

http://www.vulture.com/2018/05/leslie-odom-jr-s-10-favorite-books.html

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Skyler
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Between half-marathon training and golf lessons and WASC writing and resuming my teaching duties after having a student teacher for two months, my reading has been lagging recently. I‘m trying to finish this one before the library Kindle gods snatch it away. Good stuff so far! #dogsoflitsy

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An America that asks what it owes its most vulnerable citizens is improved and humane. An America that looks away is ignoring not just the sins of the past but the sins of the present and the certain sins of the future.

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specificity
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A painful book to read but learnt a lot from the context and structure. Need a mojito to go with the reading.

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Ber135
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Another masterpiece by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The facts would blow your mind, it is not only an account of Obama's years as president, but as well how important was his election and the work that's still to be done. Completelly necessary read for these times. #Recommendsday #Review #Obama #Nonfiction

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First up for April‘s #FreakyFriday Reading Challenge! @Carolyn11215 has a phenomenal list of favorite books, and I can‘t wait to tackle as many as I can this month. Thank goodness for #audible to help me along the way!

Carolyn11215 I hope you find this one as powerful as I did...I need to buy multiple copies and give them out!! 1y
hermyknee @Carolyn11215 I can guarantee you I won‘t finish this in April. Probably not until summer when school is out. Life is heavy enough already in my profession. But I will read this book. Please don‘t be offended if I don‘t finish it. I‘d like to find it in hard copy, too. Yes I love it, but I need my light hearted April reads. My job is rough. (edited) 1y
Carolyn11215 I can‘t imagine trying to listen to it in audiobook. Too much info for me to take in that way. It‘s definitely a heavy read so I understand needing something lighter, especially if your job is tough. 1y
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“There was a feeling that [Obama had] erected a foundation upon which further progressive policy could be built. It‘s tempting to say that foundation is now endangered. The truth is, it was never safe.”
Coates is killing me. 💔

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DyAnne
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“No one-not our fathers, not our police, not our gods-is coming to save us. The worst really is possible. My aim is never to be caught, as the rappers say, acting like it can‘t happen.”

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Julsmarshall
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Loading up my nook for our trip with #libby books from my library! Love traveling light!

Ashley_Nicoletto I am loving this variety. 1y
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cariashley
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What to say about this collection of Coates‘s essays from The Atlantic? It‘s a tough read in light of the current state of the country, but so important. My one quibble is the lack of focus on gender, but Coates is pretty direct that race is his angle.

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Chelleo
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Slowly making my way through my #LitsyByTheNumbers #readingchallenge #8 #eight #LBTN

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Chelleo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I already know I need to marinate on this and reread again in the next few years. There‘s just so much here: racism, discrimination, politics, criminalization of blacks, the breakdown of the black nuclear family....So. Damn. Much. I really enjoyed Coates essays and his approach and treatment of each topic. He‘s critical and thoughtful. Can‘t wait to read more by him. Think I‘ll pick up his Black Panther books. #litsybythenumbers #8 👇🏾

Chelleo Finished this with 3 days remaining on my library loan. The pressure! 😳😲😳 2y
Chelleo I also need to buy a hard copy of this for my collection. I need my sons to read this when they come of age 2y
Leftcoastzen Incredible read. On my shelf permanently to revisit again and again. 2y
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KathyWheeler When I read Between the World and Me, which I liked, I was so depressed because I felt hopeless about race relations after I finished. I want to read this but am hesitant. (edited) 2y
Carolyn11215 I‘ve been recommending this to everyone! I feel like I need to buy a copy so I can reread sections now and again as well. (I borrowed from library.) 2y
Chelleo @KathyWheeler I haven‘t read any of his other works. Can‘t say this is hopeful but I did like reading about his own hopeful (at times) thoughts even when the realization that followed leaves you feels by hopeless. Sorry this doesn‘t help at all. 2y
KathyWheeler @Chelleo Actually it kind of is helpful. You let me know that Coates does have an occasional hopeful thought in this book, which is more than the 0 I got from his other book. 2y
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Chelleo
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#audiodisassembly of my baby‘s crib as we prepare to move him into his brother‘s bed. We need to make room for our oldest son‘s new big boy bunk bed. Hoping the full understanding of this milestone won‘t hit me just yet and send me into tears. My boys are growing up so fast!!! 😭😭😭 I cant help but think of their future as I listen to this book.

#BoysReadToo
#BlackBoyJoy
#GrowingUpTooFast
#WhereAreMy
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kgriffith 💜💜💜 2y
PictureandBook That was a harder moment for me than my daughter...who had long learned to escape it. Congrats on the milestone 2y
QuietlyLaura 💕💕 2y
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VanChocStrawberry I feel ya! My youngest is about to turn 13. It seems like yesterday we were moving him to his own bed. But I‘ve loved each stage...and my kids are so FUN as teens (I mean, there ARE days...😩). Feel your sadness and enjoy your growing kids, too! 2y
JacqMac Awww... my oldest went away to college this year. It never gets easier. 💕 2y
Bookishthoughts 😘💕 2y
SleepyDragon Been putting off converting my twins' cribs to toddler beds ... past time to do it, though. 😕 2y
Chelleo @NeesyBeth I joke that I was going to keep the youngest in his crib until he was 7 because his brother likes to roam around the house. Now he‘s fully potty trained so it‘s time. Not looking forward to the herding that bedtime will surely become. 2y
Reviewsbylola My youngest just moved into her big girl bed and big sister‘s room in May. It has been amazing but it‘s so sad that they‘re not babies anymore. 😭 2y
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An important and thought-provoking collection of essays written about race during the Obama presidency. It‘s not an easy book; the essays are pessimistic and dense with history. But my world view, and my view of America, has shifted and become more nuanced and more educated.

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“And so we must imagine a new country. Reparations—by which I mean the full acceptance of our collective biography and its consequences—is the price we must pay to see ourselves squarely.”

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Ber135
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Slowly working on this masterpiece by Ta-Nehisi Coates in my new reading spot #Music #Coffee #Books #Flowers #Currentlyreading #Blackhistorymonth

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Carolyn11215

To be black in America was to be plundered. To be white was to benefit from, and at times directly execute, this plunder. No national conversation, no invocations to love, no moral pleas, no pleas for “sensitivity” and “diversity,” no lamenting of “race relations” could make this right. Racism was banditry, pure and simple. And the banditry was not incidental to America, it was essential to it.

Carolyn11215 Gut 🥊 2y
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“To celebrate freedom and democracy while forgetting America‘s origins in a slave economy is patriotism à la carte.”