From the NYT:
Ta-Nehisi Coates Wins National Book Award
By ALEXANDRA ALTER NOV. 18, 2015
Ta-Nehisi Coates won the National Book Award for nonfiction Wednesday night for “Between the World and Me,” a visceral, blunt exploration of his experience of being a black man in America, which was published this summer in the middle of a national dialogue about race relations and inequality.
“Every day you turn on the TV and see some kind of violence being directed at black people,” Mr. Coates said in an emotional acceptance speech. “Over and over and over again. And it keeps happening.” …
Mr. Coates, a correspondent for The Atlantic, dedicated the award to Prince Jones, a college friend of his who was shot to death by a police officer who mistook him for a criminal. “I’m a black man in America. I can’t punish that officer; ‘Between the World and Me’ comes out of that place,” Mr. Coates said. “I can’t secure the safety of my son. I just don’t have that power. But what I do have the power to do is say, ‘You won’t enroll me in this lie. You won’t make me part of it.’ ”
Uh, the cop was black.
“Between the World and Me,” which was published by Spiegel & Grau, was one of the most celebrated and widely discussed books of the year. The novelist Toni Morrison compared Mr. Coates to James Baldwin.
Here’s my review of his National Book Award-winning book.
And here’s my review of his article “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration.”
In other news, in the hometown of America’s Foremost Public Intellectual:
Baltimore’s Homicide Rate Hits New Per Capita High
Updated November 18, 201512:35 PM ET
With six weeks left in 2015, the homicide rate in Baltimore has set a new high for the city, surpassing the previous record set in 1993. The city saw its 300th killing of the year over the weekend; since then, gun violence has killed five more people. …
After years of declining homicide rates, Baltimore and many other large U.S. cities, such as Milwaukee and Houston, have seen a dramatic rise in 2015. …
In Baltimore, the homicide rise has come as the city copes with the aftermath of riots and unrest following Freddie Gray’s death in police custody.