- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; Reprint edition (January 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385527462
- ISBN-13: 978-0385527460
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 204 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Read this, share this with your sons, your brothers, you fathers, your grandfathers, your cousins, your friends.
As black men we go through struggles. One way to learn, to cope, to understand oneself better is to talk to or read about those who have or continue to struggle as well. Let us lift up one another and stop the breaking down.
The book requires a good sit down and read don't be afraid to take out your dictionary and look up words you may not understand in this beautifully written book. Also please please please! My brothers, some of the books mentioned in the beautiful struggle should put you on on the path to seek out and research those mentioned. It will help guide you, heal you and shape your opinions of the world you see in front of you that doesn't value YOU!
Learn, grow, be beautifully unapologetically proud BLACK!
I think both of these books should be required reading for people like me, that is people who have to check the white, non-hispanic box on surveys. While reading a couple (or a hundred) books will never place you in the shoes of someone who has experienced the struggle in real life, books like this will open your/our/their eyes to what is often swept under the rug as we pretend to live in some sort of post-racial utopia. It's never going to happen if we as a society, we as a country, don't realize, acknowledge, and try to remedy all the harm caused in the black community through decades of legislation. I considered myself conscious before reading any of Mr Coates' work and now feel like I'm on step one again. There is a lot of knowledge out there.
He does not allow us time to ponder on his truths, he intends, I believe, to create a story where we will want, even desire a second and third reading. This will be for those men who believe themselves white, and who have the courage to read it, an epiphany. Can they embrace these truths?
And who of us has the strength to embrace the truth in book and use those truths to make a difference.