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Hu 1 Abby Hu Professor Cadena English 205 15 July 2017 Analytical Research Paper America is at war, quite possibly the greatest and deadliest war that we’ve ever seen and will ever see. No, this is not the war in the Middle East. This is in fact not a physical war at all. Since America was founded, black people (along with many other populations) have been oppressed. It has been going on so long it has become engrained in our culture. It can be seen every single day, in our own streets, our own families, our own lives. This war will not be fought on the battlefield, but in the everyday lives and struggles of minority populations in America. Through his novel Between the World and Me , Ta-Nehisi Coates describes his experience growing up and learning to survive in a world that persecutes him for being black. Coates is an American author born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. In this piece, Coates writes to his son after the outcome of the Michael Brown case, in which the officers who shot and killed am unarmed black 18-year-old boy were cleared of all wrongdoing. While Coates remains unfazed at this outcome, it’s the first time his son has seen this great injustice. He then tells his son about “how one should live within a black body, within a country lost in the Dream” (Coates 12). Coates attempts to impart his wisdom and everything he has learned onto his son so he may understand that others will inevitably try to define him through his race. Coates wants to teach his son how to be above it and how to be critical, to “ruthlessly interrogate the subject that
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Hu 2 elicited the most sympathy and rationalizing-[yourself]” (Coates 30). He wants to awaken his son to his own actions and motivations so that he is aware of the impact he has on the world. On the surface, this piece is directed at Coates’ son. However, the relevance of this novel reaches far beyond Coates’ family tree and is truly is directed at those who benefit from this unequal system. Even though they don’t understand the dire situation, they are the ones who hold the power for change as “probably no people have ever [have] liberated themselves strictly through their own efforts” (Coates 96). This piece is meant to make those in power understand what it is like for those in this country born without the privilege of being white to elicit an emotional response that will warrant action. One of the overarching motifs Coates utilizes in this novel is distance. He uses this to explain the unbridgeable views of the world that separates populations and obscures understanding between groups. He begins by describing an interview in which he struggled to explain his views on race to the talk show host since “no machinery could close the gap between her world and the world for which [he] had been summoned to speak” (Coates 1). Their different upbringings and experiences lead to a fundamentally different understanding of the world they both live in. This difference is so extreme that they came across as two separate worlds. Coates “obsessed over the distance between” the American dream and his own reality (Coates 20). This
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