Words that Open Into Peace Ta Nehisi Coates’ new book, Between the World and Me, is absolutely luscious — which is an odd thing to say about a challenging, painful, hopeful memoir. In writing his letter to his 15 year old son about the fragility, the endangeredness of the black male body. You couldn’t look away from the honesty — and didn’t want to because you might miss something. You couldn’t look away from the sense of responsibility, the need to make this different, the push to become engaged. It was a privilege to be invited into his world — and that privilege carries weight. There are huge chasm’s between us and Peace and if we do not recognize them, if we do not make a difference to those who are so endangered, then Peace is just a wistful little fantasy. We must Peace. There are no prayers but our involvement, our willingness to change and to make a difference. There is work to be done.