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

1631 Words Dec 8th, 2016 7 Pages
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, is a father’s letter to his son. He attempts to answer the questions “what is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it and find a way to live within it?” (Coates) He tells his son his experiences that helped him open up to see what his place in the world is. The purpose of this paper is to inform the reader about Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel Between the World and Me. Coates starts off the first part of the book by telling his son about an experience he had with an interviewer who asked him “what it meant to lose my body?”. He then tells his son that the real meaning behind this question is the interviewer wanted to know why he believes that white American success was built on violence. He goes into telling his son how people who are now considered white were once considered “non-white”. One of his main points he makes is that America likes to call itself the best nation, the greatest, etc. He then states that America has no right to claim this because there are many things wrong and acting like there is no problems is not going to solve anything. He tells his son that many innocent African Americans were murdered because of an “unfortunate overreaction”. Some of these people were Eric Gardner, who was choked to death because he was selling cigarettes, Renisha McBride was shot because she wanted help, John Crawford was shot because he was looking at things in a store, and Tamir Rice a 12-year-old boy who was…

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