Coates mentions the American Dream in the book. What aspects of the dream does he discuss?
On pg. 78, Coates speaks of the recent talk about “diversity, sensitivity training, and body cameras.” He says that “these are all fine and applicable, but that (they)understate the task and allow the citizens of this country to pretend that there is real distance between their own attitudes and those of the ones appointed to protect them.”
- If speaking about diversity, sensitivity training, and body cameras allows the American people to dissociate racism from themselves, what is it that we should be discussing?
- How can we make the American people face the racial injustices and prejudices that still exist?
Is this book's message hopeful or pessimistic?
What does Coates want us to take-away from this book?
On page 7 Coates writes "but race is the child of racism, not the father." What is he suggesting here?
On page 60 he states "hate gives identity." Do you agree? Can you think of examples to illustrate that statement.
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