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

1245 Words Nov 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Between the World and Me is a book written in 2015 by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates is an American writer, journalist, and educator. Coates has also written for the Atlantic and has been an advocate of many different cultural, social and political issue specifically those of the African American people. The book Between the world and Me is written as a talk of sorts between a black parent and his child . It is a preemptive conversation about the racism and injustice going on in society provoked by his son 's stunned reaction to the announcement that no charges would be brought against the Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown. It also about a father teaching his son the history of what it is meant to grow up black in America.

Firstly, the book/letter is very dark and bleak in terms of tone. Coates takes a much more realistic take on the current situation facing the African American community. One of the major points that Coates emphasize in his book is the idea of the American dream and how the actual reality of the dream is dangerous. In Coates letter instead of urging his son to awaken his own inner bravery and create his own American dream. He talks to his son about how racial injustice is deeply entrenched in the American dream and that it is dangerous to believe in it. Coates seems to feel that the lie is found in the universal application of the dream, the idea that America is a place where everyone can get a fair shot at a decent life and have an equal opportunity…

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