Analysis Of Ta-Nehisi Coates Between The World And Me

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The Race, the Disownment, and the Dream Between the World and Me is a book written by author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, and published by Spiegel & Grau. The book’s structure is inspired by social critic James Baldwin’s book called The Fire Next Time, where Baldwin wrote in the form of a letter to his nephew. In Coates's case, he wrote it as a letter to his son. So far in the book, he wrote to his son about his struggling childhood in Baltimore, Maryland, and his drive to “own [his] black body.” He wrote about how he wanted to learn as much as he could, and how his experiences shape his experiences. The book asks what social ills have developed due to social constructs, and why are they a problem in society. Certain social ills that developed were the idea of “race,” the “Dream,” and the disownment of the black body. The first social ill …show more content…

Coates, during his days in Baltimore, often wonder why he doesn’t live in this dream. He said that this dream was a whole different world, ney, a whole different galaxy to the one he lives in. Coates wrote that the reason he has not experienced the “Dream” was that it was built upon by the backs of others. He wrote “And for so long I have wanted to escape into the Dream, to fold my country over my head like a blanket. This has never been an option because the Dream rests on our backs, the bedding made from our bodies” (11). This is a social ill because the idea of the “Dream” was that it would probably lead others to blind ignorance. Due to living in the “Dream” people would be blind on the plight of others who would not have experienced the dream. These “Dreamers” should not excuse themselves by saying they are not racist, for they are committing acts of racism for living the “Dream” in the first place. The “intention” does not matter, but the results

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