Essay on The Streets That Raised Me

1228 Words Nov 20th, 2015 5 Pages
The Streets that Raised Me
In his book, Between the World and Me, Ta- Nehisi Coates describes his life growing up the ghettos of Baltimore. Paul Coelho once wrote, “I can control my destiny, but not my fate. Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street. I believe we all have the choice as to whether we fulfil our destiny, but our fate is sealed.” Ta-Nehisi Coates struggled to survive in an environment that was designed for him to fail. He struggled with the idea of a formal education inside the classroom. Coates also struggled with the daily protection of body in the violent streets of Baltimore. Yet, through independent study, Coates was able to change his dynamics of life. Ta-Nehisi did not allow his fate did not suffocate his destiny and he was able to succeed. A child’s exposure often reflects their environment, which in the future can determine how they function in society.
Throughout his book, Ta-Nehisi expresses the struggles he experienced while attending school. He was often reprimanded by the teachers for his behavior. He struggled with the idea of a formal education inside the classroom. He quotes Nas, “Ecstasy, coke, you say it is poison. Schools where I learn they should be burned it is poison.” Then he explains his use of the quote by saying, “That was exactly how I felt back then. I sensed schools were hiding something, drugging us with false morality so that we would not see... Schools did not reveal truths, they…

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