• Kristen Hirsch

    Heather, I too read this fantastic book over the holidays. First I checked it out from the library and then I bought it for the reasons you state above. I really appreciate your willingness to discuss this topic with your readers and your girls. I also own White Like Me and am currently reading The Warmth of Other Suns thanks to you. You are making a difference in my life and I am grateful to you!

  • Marie McDowell

    Just ordered it from Amazon. Thank you Heather.

  • cattail722

    I read this book over Thanksgiving break, and then began to read his first book, as well, after my eyes were opened in ways I never imagined. I too, rarely have time to read unless I’m on vacation. I must say, it made me feel embarrassed to be an American and to have participated, though unwittingly, in the lies we have told ourselves to make ourselves feel better about our privilege. My eyes have been opened and I will never be the same or feel the same about this country and its foundations. There is so much more to read and learn and DO. Thanks for sharing this with your readers. I too think it should be required reading.

  • http://mamaintranslation.blogspot.com/ L – Mama(e) in Translation

    Buying it RIGHT NOW, thank you! I will have my son read it too, I’m sure he’s old enough (will be 14 in March).

  • http://mamaintranslation.blogspot.com/ L – Mama(e) in Translation

    I’m sure my book will be covered with tear stains too. I just ordered and then started reading what Amazon made available and promptly started crying. I agree with you. It should be required reading for all Americans, together with viewing Twelve Years a Slave.

  • Maree

    As a black woman (who is also an immigrant), someone who is nervous every time she hears sirens or sees those red & blue lights in the rear view mirror, who is less afraid of the potential mugger/rapist/murderer than the police who are supposed to protect and serve I just want to thank you for acknowledging the disparity in experiences for a black in america vs. a white in america.

  • adriana

    Somewhat unrelated but related – have you listened to This American Life’s Status Update episode? Ta-Nehisi Coates long-time friend and TAL producer Neil Drumming talk about their friendship in relation to Coates accolades and rise to fame. Neat piece!

  • Karen

    I am heartened by the fact that people who are not ‘of color’ or as others would say: White, are raising their consciousness. I’m thrilled even. I’m simply curious, as to how this has come about. I suppose it is recent the mishandling of justice and killings by police officers in the news. I don’t think I’m unusual in any way, but I’ve known since I was a kid that things were harder for people of color. Not only is there racism and injustice but there is a large economic gap; this I knew intuitively. Please let us evolve into a more equal world.

  • FunMumX3

    Just reserved at the library… thanks!

  • Cynthia

    Been meaning to pick it up, and you just pushed me over the edge. Purchased.

  • tiffyhdp

    The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem, right? Our country has a problem, that way too many people are just completely blind to. Not because they are bad people, but because, like you, it just never came up in their lives. I’ve read your blog for a few years now, but I’ve never commented until now. This is a topic close to my heart, and I’m so glad these conversations are happening. I remember vividly the day I became aware of my skin color. I am ‘white’, grew up on the ‘good’ side of town. But a mile down the road marked the ‘bad’ side of town, where my mom caught the bus into the city; where I walked to my after-school job; and where I attended football games with my cousins, who went to the ‘bad’ high school. I was 14, my cousin had invited me to a game at his school, and I dropped my brand new cellphone (a rare possession for a relatively poor kid to own back in 2003) between the bleachers. So we went around behind the stadium, and peered through the hole in the fence where one of us would need to climb to get to the phone, laying in the mud about 10 feet away. My cousin, ever the gentleman, offered to get it so I didn’t have to get dirty. As he crawled back through, a cop caught us. He grabbed my cousin by his coat collar, pushed him up against the fence, and asked why we were trespassing. He was screaming and I was terrified. I’d never had a cop yell at me before. Before we could explain, he saw the cellphone, accused us of stealing it, and told us he was going to take us to the station. I stammered over and over that it was my phone. He didn’t believe me. Thank god a friend suggested to call the “Dad” phone number to prove that it was mine. After some negotiations, my Dad had to come pick us all up and take us home. That was when I realized the differences. If we had been at my school, with my white friends, we could have expected a gentle warning about trespassing. Now, I’m not trying to vilify the police officer. I knew him as a kind, friendly member of my community, who was probably just trying to ‘do the job’. But the truth was, I had always lived a life innocent until proven guilty. My cousin lived a life guilty until proven innocent. He died 2 years later, a victim of gun violence in his neighborhood, which wasn’t even important enough to be mentioned in the local newspaper. I’m sorry for the long comment, but it’s so important for these stories to be told. There are so many underlying layers to the problem, and it will take a lot of work to try to fix. But we all need to try. We need to admit that there IS a problem.

  • tiffyhdp

    Sorry, I guess I should make it clear that in my story, my cousin was black. I come from a pretty diverse family. Sorry I left that part out.

  • Sheri Watts Hart

    To the person who asked why white people are taking notice now….Only speaking for myself, but as someone who doesn’t experience racism and maybe would have believed that we were all moving forward, I was shocked and continue to be so at how people seemed to have LOST THEIR MINDS since Obama was elected. Yes, there have always been political divides, but I cannot believe the chasm that has opened. As I talk to people trying to find where their point of view is coming from or why they seemed to suddenly care so much more about hating the democrats….it has become all too clear that race is the motivator. It shocked me that this kind of vile hatred became so open and obvious and yet people can say it’s “just politics”. smh

  • Carolyn Coulter

    Thank you Heather, for this and everything you write. Every word.

  • Smeebe

    I wish I enjoyed reading enough to read that many books! But, maybe this book would keep my attention. Who knows. Does it have pictures?! Ha! ………….kidding, sorry. Glad you had a good vacation and thanks for the post. I hope to have my blog help and entertain any many people as yours does Heather. Can’t wait to read the next.

  • Michelle Deininger

    Oh lordy am I late to the party…this might be first time I have read a post of yours. Maybe not. I’m forgetful AND late to party. But anyway, this was delightful and now I will need to build into my schedule time to read all of your posts. That’s fine; I can do it. (I can do anything in January!) Coates’s book is sitting in physical form on my wooden to-read shelf; will move it on up. Your endorsement/exhortation is much appreciated.

  • Michael Mathews

    Your comment made my eyes water. There are so many stories like this. I have the Ta-Nehisi Coates book next to me. I had intended to read it but hadn’t gotten around to it. Heather’s post caused me to dig it up and start it.

  • Michael Mathews

    Speaking just for myself, I used to have the incorrect opinion that race relations had improved. I worked in offices that had people of all colors and genders and we all got along fine, so what was the race problem?

    Events the past several years have opened my eyes and caused me to read more. I’ve talked to people about what they’ve gone through. I’ve come to understand that having white skin and being a male does bring me a lot of privilege. What I don’t know is how to improve things.