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

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Coates’ Argument about Black Identity in History “Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage” (103). The novel, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a book that capitalizes on the identity black males but also the lives of all black Americans. Coates uses this book to describe his journey and concern for his son growing up in America. He fears for his African-American son or any African-American male that will have to grow up in America the way it is today. Coates’s experiences and sense of urgency for his son’s safety and well being allows the reader to see the severity of Black History then and the urgency that is needed now. He discusses how African-American men are the most captured, suspected, imprisoned, and killed in America. Thus, he is further encouraging his maturing son to be watchful, pay attention, and to arm himself with as much knowledge as possible. Coates discusses a lot about the history of black identity in: segregation, violence, black disenfranchisement, and the black community all which led him to say the most controversial line in the novel. Coates states, “They made us a race. We made ourselves into a people” (149). This statement allows the reader to question what this statement means and to determine if there is any truth to it. When trying to understand what Coates means from that arresting phrase one must break down the quote into two parts. The first part of the…

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