Self Loathing In African America Analysis

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Within African Americans communities, there are plenty of things you are afraid of; Ta-Nehisi Coates brings up a few fears we face within our communities in his book Between the World and Me. Coates states, “But I was afraid long before you, and in this I was unoriginal. When I was your age the only people I knew were black, and all of them were powerfully, adamantly, dangerously afraid” (Coates 14). Fear is something you do not grow out of as an African American because we lived in fear for over 100 years and when your family tree started in slavery, you were born into slavery, so you look back and see slavery then you look forward and still see slavery in the modern day. However, the question I asked myself a lot is why do African Americans …show more content…
The definition of self-loathing is “a very strong feeling of hatred or disgust toward his/her self” (Merriam-Webster). In Cornell West’s Nihilism in Black America, West explained Nihilism as “to be understood here not as a philosophic doctrine that there are no rational grounds for legitimate standards or authority; it is, far more, the lived experiences of coping with a life of horrifying meaninglessness, hopelessness, and (most important) lovelessness” (West 223). Nihilism in Black America cause them to think life is meaninglessness which have similarities to self-loathing because it cause you hate yourself and others, and it can lead to putting others down when in reality that can be very harmful. In Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, Coates goes more into details of self-loathing by stating, “The crews walked the blocks of their neighborhood, loud and rude, because it was only through their loud rudeness that they might feel any sense of security and power. They would break your jaw, stomp your face, and shoot you down to feel that power, to revel in the might of their own bodies” (Coates 22). Blacks walk around as if they are strong when in reality they feel worthless inside, and they express the worthlessness through being on the street having residents frighten by them because they have no feelings towards nothing, and they would do anything to show people they have no emotions toward anyone. Coates and West help you understand that the feeling of being worthless will cause people to be afraid of you. In the light of reality, police brutality led more blacks to feel self-loathing because the police treated them like they were worthless, so blacks started to believe it was

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