هذا من بين الكتب التي قرأتها في العام 2018 وهي من الأكثر مبيعا في الولايات المتحدة، وتروي قصة مواطن أفروأمريكي وطبيعة حياة المواطنين السود في الولايات المتحدة. هذه بعض الاقتباسات.
“Never forget that we were enslaved in this country longer than we have been free. Never forget that for 250 years black people were born into chains.” (Coates 2015, 70).
“The truth is that the police reflect America in all of its will and fear, and whatever we might make of this country’s criminal justice policy, it cannot be said that it was imposed by a repressive minority. The abuses that have followed from these policies… are the product of democratic will. And so to challenge the police is to challenge the American people who send them to the ghettos armed with the same self-generating fears that compelled the people who think they are white to flee the cities and into the Dream. The problem with the police is not that that they are fascist pigs but that our country is ruled by majoritarian pigs.” (Coates 2015, 78-9)
“Black people love their children with a kind of obsession. You are all what we have, and you come to us endangered. I think we would like to kill you ourselves before seeing you killed by the streets that America made. That is a philosophy of the disembodied, of a people who control nothing, who can protect nothing, who are made to fear not just the criminals among them but the police who lord over them with all the moral authority of a protection racket.” (Coates 2015, 82)
“I urge you to struggle. Struggle for the memory of your ancestors. Struggle for wisdom.” (Coates 2015, 151)