The Book Between The World And Me, By James Baldwin And Ta Nehisi Coates

1434 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
We often talk about race and racism. People often think there are no racism exists or it was a social problem in the past, but not anymore. However, the two books published by James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates is the best example of how society views on African American and racism. James Baldwin published The Fire Next Time in 1963 and Coates published his book Between the World and Me in 2015. In the first part of Baldwin’s book, we wrote a letter to his nephew regarding America and talked about his experience of being black in America. About forty years later, Coates wrote a book modeled after Baldwin’s book. Between the World and Me is written recently, but it still contained the violence of being black in this society and his experience against racism. He talked about his feelings about reality in the U.S. I strongly believe these two books are good evidence of racism in this decade. In Coates book Between the World and Me, he states the history of African American and violence of being an African American child in this country. Coates reminds us that racial distinction is nothing new and he described this is the foundation of America and has never gone away. He especially mentioned the Lincoln’s Gettysburg speech. Coates states, “The question is not whether Lincoln truly meant ‘government of the people’ but what our country has, throughout its history, taken the political term ‘people’ to actually mean” (6). Coates expresses that the problem is who they consider…

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