Many people forget that African Americans in this country have been enslaved for longer than they have been free. Coates reminds his son to not forget their important history and that they will continuously struggle for freedom over their own bodies. They must learn to live within a black body. These struggles can be seen in the racial profiling and brutality among police officers in cases such as Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and countless of others. He goes on to describe his childhood and how fear was the root of black existence.
James Baldwin 's, The Fire Next Time, is an extended, autobiographical essay that expresses his view on race relations within the ever so divided United States. Beginning with a straight forward, heart-felt letter to his nephew, Baldwin outlines the unfortunate, discriminatory situation in which all black citizens are cast into from birth and makes James aware that he is the one who is tasked with the responsibility of accepting this fellow white countrymen. Following this personalized letter, Baldwin dives into his life story by explaining his fear of succumbing to his doomed fate, his eventual rejection of religion, and his ultimate conclusion regarding the proper way for black Americans to rise above suppression and to abolish the rigged
James McBride’s memoir, The Color of Water, was written in a way that told his life story alongside his mother’s. Their entwined stories helped readers better understand how the effects of both his and his mother’s life changed him. He wrote about the struggles he experienced due to the racial inequality within his lifetime as well as the racial battles his mother faced. Not only did these tales create who he is today, they have entailed a new meaning. They have managed to touch people’s hearts and expose a struggle that has long been forgotten.
Because of the context of the letter, Frethorne is also attempting to ingratiate his parents to aid him in his plight. Frethorne writes: “Loving and kind father and mother: My most humble duty remembered to you, hoping in God of your good health, as I myself am at the making hereof” (par. 1). Frethorne’s use of diction in the words “Loving,” “kind,” and “humble” reminds his father and mother of their role as caretakers and paints himself in the light of a son thinking of his parents to strengthen his case for assistance later in the letter. To accompany this, Frethorne uses the imagery of his diet to appeal to his parents’ compassion.
He shows his concerns for the African American community by expressing their thoughts and feelings because they feel as if they have no voice. He was their voice. Throughout the “letter” Dr. King demonstrated pathos by engaging his readers of the struggle of being an African American descent. Dr. King starts off by letting his readers know that he was confined during the time of the letter was written and he was addressing the eight clergymen who called his action of a peaceful protest “untimely and unwise”. (King Jr., p. 645) However, he continues to explain his reason for being in Birmingham by saying that injustice was present and he could not just sit in another state and watch it;” Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” (King Jr., p. 645) Dr. King was an activist and he showed support where ever and whenever he was invited, therefore he explains the reason why he was in Birmingham.
Initially, Nat Turner was established gifted growing up and was the talk of most Caucasian and African Americans communities. He started preaching about religion to many African American slaves around Southampton County, Virginia and with the hope of doing this, Nat thought he would soon be set free. Unfortunately, due to the many slave owners Nat had, he was sent to the field at age twelve to work. He was raged with anger and would do anything to have his freedom even if it meant to kill the whites/slave owners. At the age of twenty-five, Nat conceived an idea that God sent him a sign, which was a solar eclipse that initiated
In A Letter to My Nephew, James Baldwin, the now deceased critically acclaimed writer, pens a message to his nephew, also named James. This letter is meant to serve as a caution to him of the harsh realities of being black in the United States. With Baldwin 's rare usage of his nephew 's name in the writing, the letter does not only serve as a letter to his relative, but as a message to black youth that is still needed today. Baldwin wrote this letter at a time where his nephew was going through adolescence, a period where one leaves childhood and inches closer and closer to becoming an adult. Black children, especially males, are not afforded the same privilege of going through the period of making mistakes and growing that their white
The author wants his son to be aware of the country he grew up in calling it his home. Instead, Ta-Nehisi says this country is a place that judges you based on your skin color. Ta- Nehisi illustrates this by not only giving his son advice on what he should or should not do, but instead uses examples of his experiences, history, and the criminal justice system devaluing the “black body”. Ta- Nehisi ties all his experiences and history with police brutality, white privilege, and the segregation that helps continue racism within this country. Ta- Nehisi helps realize that although moments like Civil rights movement, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, and slavery it still hasn’t changed how people view African Americans.
Malcolm in his autobiographical sketch says that when it was “lights out” he would read books and fake sleep if a guard walked by (X 3). Furthermore, both Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass had to struggle to be able to read. It was their desire for education that kept their dreams alive; however, Frederick Douglass thought that learning how to read was a sin and he should have killed himself (Douglas 27). To Malcolm X learning to read and write was one of his greatest accomplishments because it gave him clarity on the blindness, deafness, and dumbness that was afflicting the black race (X 6). In comparison, both advocated freedom for their people but in contrast Malcolm X wanted complete segregation from whites but Frederick Douglas wanted unity.
The essay we chose is untitled “Learning to read” and was written by Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist activist from the ninetieth century. In the essay he tells us the struggles he had gone through to learn how to read, something that would be considered today as normal. In the following paragraphs, we will argue whether, his essay could be used as credible and useful source for an academic research paper. Frederick Douglass is a public figure well known in the world for his contribution to the abolitionist movement in the ninetieth century. There are many schools, streets, libraries named after him.
Derrick showed him the love of Jesus and how to surrender his entire life to God. From there, Aaron trusted God with the outcome of each game, especially the Super Bowl. “I (Aaron) asked God for vision, and He gave it to me” (269, Kingsbury). In addition, from the beginning to the end, Derrick has remained loyal to his faith and a strong example for Aaron and his teammates to witness the life of a devoted Christian. He became stronger through this journey, but remained true to himself and God because his foundation is stronger than any life
From his first time realizing how prejudice the world can be to the moment when he finally realized the importance of being a father, Coates rummages through his life experiences while pulling out as many lessons as possible. One by one the world slowly starts to come into focus and the ‘Dreamers’ of the world demolish all hopes of Coates feeling safe and secure within his own skin. These ‘Dreamers’ are often referred to, and they represent the white majority in America that hold prejudice towards others. The extremely general reference to a diverse and large group of people prove to be the one downfall in this novel. But despite this occurrence Coates is able to eloquently describe his life experiences all while the reader subconsciously grasps the meaning of
“Pray not for your mom and pop, they’ve gone to heaven. Pray you can make it through this hell,” the often-forgotten civil rights leader, Reverend George W. Lee said at a conference about racial tensions in the south. Lee was not only a very important person to his community but also the entire civil rights movement in the United States that lasted from 1954-1968. Few documents exist on Lee and his life, so in order to inform people of these, it is necessary to discuss his upbringing, his political activism, and his assassination. George Lee grew up to be a very influential person in the south despite growing up in poverty and having an abusive stepfather.
Ta-Neshisi Coates a well-known writer of “Between the World and Me” uses his book to meditate on what it means to be black in America today. It uses a letter from Mr. Coates to his son, Samori and speaks on living in a country where unarmed black males and little boys are targets of police brutality – such as victims like Michael Brown, Tamir Gray, Eric Garner and many more. Mr. Coates uses this title “Between the World and Me “from Richard Wright who wrote a poem based on the fear he felt growing up. Fearing the police who possessed to have full control of his body, meaning they were beating and frisking anyone whom they believed was causing trouble (“the blacks”). Coates however writes with the purpose of urging his son and other African American boys and men to be watchful, to be careful, and to arm himself with knowledge by giving them recounts of stories of innocent men.
In Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, a biographical novel discussing race relations, he expresses his thoughts about being an African American in the United States. His innermost views repeatedly involve his memories of living in times where his own race is assaulted for irrational reasons. All of these thoughts were directly communicated toward his son, Samori, to convey that he wants his son to understand that being a black individual carries a large burden. In doing so, Coates wants to ensure that his son still remain ambitious and positive without down casting himself by the color of his skin. He conveys this message by incorporating many examples of metaphors and imagery in order to assert that being this particular race should not hinder his son’s desires.