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

1076 Words Nov 24th, 2015 5 Pages
Between the World and Me, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, is organized in the form of a letter to his 15-year-old son. Coates drew his inspiration for this book from James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, which consisted of two letters addressing Baldwin’s nephew about the civil rights struggle. Coates’ background tremendously impacted his perspective and arguments. He grew up in the dangerous black neighborhoods of Baltimore. He learned about race in America through first hand experiences of violence in the streets, beatings from his parents, and the murder of one of his close friends. Fear is rooted into the central message that he wants to deliver to his son. The main argument presented by Coates in his book is that being a young African-American male in the United States poses multiple dangers and disadvantages. The author proposes that black men are among the most doubted, arrested, imprisoned, and killed groups in America. He essentially believes that white supremacy is a certainty and is inevitable. In his eyes, white supremacy doesn’t shape reality, it the literal reality of the United States.

The principal purpose of Coates emphasizing this viewpoint is to inform and prepare not only his son, but also thousands of black people across America, for the unfair world they are being brought up in. On a fundamental level, this book serves as a cautionary from one African-American to another, in the form of a letter written to his son. Drawing from past experiences of fear,…

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