This Summer Was Between The World And Me, By Ta Nehisi Coates

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The second book that I read this summer was Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The book is an open letter to his adolescent son explaining some of the experiences his son will have to go because he exist in two worlds, and Coates also shares some of the experience he went through being an African American in America. In the book, Coates shares his childhood experience of living in South-side Chicago and his battle between surviving the streets and trying to survive school. However, Coates is able to escape from his circumstances by going to the Mecca, also known as Howard University. Coates uses the Mecca to begin to educate himself and attempt to find a way between the worlds with the help of literature about Malcom X, Chancellor Williams, John Jackson, and Queen Nzinga. Through an honest and cynical view Coates shines a light on police brutality, living in a world with dreamers, and the difference between “those who believe they are white” and African Americans. The main impact of Between the World and Me, was Coates’ honest view of America, and specifically White America. Coates writes, “I tell you now that the question of how one should live within a black body, within a country lost in the Dream…” (12). The truth is that in the history of America, Americans have seen black bodies as being less and to be exploited and used for the purpose of those superior, which are white people. Shown throughout our history by using black bodies in order to claim this…

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