Analysis Of The Book ' Between The World And Me ' Essay

1025 Words Oct 17th, 2016 5 Pages
In Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, the reader walks through the life of Coates in a descriptive recollection of his life as a young black man growing up in an oppressive, unfair world. The book being a letter to his 15 year old son, Coates warns his son of the inequality and prejudicious violence that he can expect to face. Coates focuses heavily on personal experiences that forced him to realize the major flaws in the structure of our society. In reading, I found that I felt almost embarrassingly unaware of the severity of the racial tension that existed and still exists today. While people can be convinced to think that Americas crusade on racism has been largely successful, Coates works to strip away the preconceived notions people have of how far we have come. I was given a perspective that made me sympathize with Coates and walk away analyzing my own perceptions of the world. Reading this brutally honest piece, I was challenged to rethink my own views of where my country stands in regard to race, and open my eyes to the prejudicial bias I see around me. In Michelle Alexander’s review of Between the World and Me, Alexander states that in reading the book, she walked away feeling unsatisfied at first. The lack of answers, the harsh cynicism, and the overall negativity of the book left something to be desired. Like Alexander says in the review, “I imagined that Coates would explain what it means, exactly, to choose the Struggle over the Dream”(Michelle…

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