The Black Body In Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between The World And Me

1069 Words 4 Pages
Through out American history black bodies were subjected to negativity, Ta-Nehisi Coates states his beliefs and the conditions of the black body in the New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me. Coates writes about the racist and violent acts that African Americans endured in America. Present day, people do not feel that racism exist, but the tales of murdered black bodies suggest otherwise. Black bodies are being destroyed and their destroyers are being left unpunished. Coates directed the book towards his 15-year-old son, who is now aware of the situations he will/can face as a black male. Coates’ questions how freely a person can live in a black body, but to live in a black body the question is unanswerable. There is no real answer …show more content…
Prince graduated from Howard University and the system still took him. Prince did not grow up struggling; his mother was a doctor and did everything she could to direct him to a positive path. No matter what Prince’s mother did she could not stop the system from killing her son in the jeep she purchased for his safe travels. Prince’s story is no different from other stories that mainstream by Black Lives Matter. Coates grew up with the fears of his body and now his fears are greater for his son. Coates mentions a time when a white woman pushed his son and when he confronted her, a white man stepped in to rescue her. No one besides Coates though to defended the little black body; young or old does not compare to whiteness. During the altercation the white nab tell Coates that he could have him arrested, as if Coates’ black body is under his control. From this encounter Coates remembers the rules of the streets. “Not being violent enough could cost me my body. Being too violent could cost me my body. We could not get out.” No matter the situation black people would always lose, he could not truly protect his son without the risk of harm towards his body. Coates knows that the white woman would not have pushed his son if she were in his neighborhood. He brings up the unity in the black community against outside factor, black people should never turn over their bodies willingly nor their friends body. The situation would have been totally different if Coates had not been in a white

Related Documents