I thought this was good but I think I was expecting a little more from it. I didn’t realize before reading this that this was letters written to his son. I think that Coates raises some great points on race and the foundations of America being built on racism. I especially liked his thoughts on the possession of the black body and how that can be taken away. I don’t think that I am the target audience for a book like this. Even though white people can learn something from this book, it isn’t the goal or intention of this book to do so. Coates is primarily talking to his child first and the black community second. Coates is not trying to make white people understand every single thing he says because he is just talking to his child about life and that is fine. Still, it is a good book to read to have a foundation of understanding when discussions of police on black shootings occur. I think that I need to try more books on race that cover, in detail, specific events and ideas, than a general overview like this. I’m not really sold on Coates’ writing style in anything I’ve read from him yet.