No one knows, what’s it like to live life as an African American in the U.S.A. Until they have experienced it. Slavery and discrimination may be illegal, but you can see racism in every phase of American life. This is between the world and me summary.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author and award-winning journalist. He wants to remind us, the condition of black in America. The author shows how policies and culture play an unfair game with them.
The author wrote this book as a letter to his teenage son. In this book, he reveals his fear of life that every black person has in him. One question wonder in mind, the system should protect them but falls woefully short. Author’s one of the quotes in the context if it-
In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body – it is heritage.
In short, in between the world and me summary, the author wants to tell us the three biggest lessons that he learned in his life and want to learn to his son about discrimination, racism, etc. on black people.
Now some important points that’ll help you to understand it more efficiently so, between the world and me is a letter which has written in three parts. The author writes it directly to his son Samori to tell him about the fear of black people and discrimination. Between the world and me summary is an easy and understandable summary.
And about the author, he was growing up in Ghettos of West Baltimore and the first part of the letter starts from here. I have also written some between the world and me quotes to interest.
So let’s start with first lesson of between the world and me summary-
The Coates realized racism early that being black is dangerous. Because Coates saw racism at a very young age. As an example at his young age, a boy called him after school. He came to that boy, suddenly boy brandished a gun, say nothing and put it back.
This was a scary moment for him. This is just because he was black, he was subject to having spontaneous violence directed at him. Author says-
to be black in the Baltimore of my youth was to be naked before the elements of the world.
After it one more experience came in his college in which his acquaintance Prince Jones was gunned down by a cop. The police officer was a known liar. After Jones dead the cop back to his work without any punishment.
Jones had a very bright future and he was also doing well in college and getting ready to being a husband and after few years will become a father.
But this incident took away everything from him. This experience printed in his mind and born a thought that if you work hard to succeed in life then there is no guarantee of your life if you are black.
This experience increased the fear about being black because its a danger of life. It sealed in his mind and become a never forgettable thing. But this was the starting there are many cases he saw in his life.
One more famous quote from this book-
Americans believe in the reality of ‘race’ as a defined, indubitable feature of the natural world. Racism—the need to ascribe bone-deep features to people and then humiliate, reduce, and destroy them—inevitably follows from this inalterable condition. In this way, racism is rendered as the innocent daughter of Mother Nature, and one is left to deplore the Middle Passage or Trail of Tears the way one deplores an earthquake, a tornado, or any other phenomenon that can be cast as beyond the handiwork of men. But race is the child of racism, not the father.
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The second point from between the world and me summary is-
An Entirely Different Version of America
According to author whites can never understand the fear and insecurity of blacks. because they have never experienced it in their life. Its level has reached so high that even blacks can’t walk into down street without any fear and insecurity.
Security is a very important thing that every person wants for his family, friends, and himself also. Without security you’ll live like blacks or will die like Prince Jones without any offense.
One more example of police brutality, by killing Michael Brown among many others. This case is also just like Prince Jones case that indicates same condition that happened with prince Jones. This is ongoing issue and its still happens with them.
There is also much difference in the quality of life and clutter also. Many black people don’t have such facilities to live a quality life due to financial and many problems.
But due to discrimination such things are taken away from them.
Black people love their children with a kind of obsession. You are all we have, and you come to us endangered. I think we would like to kill you ourselves before seeing you killed by the streets that America made. That is a philosophy of the disembodied, of a people who control nothing, who can protect nothing…
One more that makes blacks lower that is lack of resources such as- education, employment and many things which can help to live like normal people.
But the situation is different there is a shortage of education, healthcare like programs but along with that employment is low, due to that it promotes poverty and criminal activities.
And in the last one more thing lack of public programs in their community produces many issues. Therefore, there is much difference between blacks and whites in every aspect.
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Everybody has a chance to make their dream reality, And America becomes successful in it. No I am not talking about success of America, but I am talking about the past of America which was built on the backs of blacks.
This was started from when wealthy personality depends on slaves to run their businesses. After it, discrimination and racism is still going on even after the civil rights movement.
The civil rights movement was a very long struggle run by African Americans and such people in the united states. This movement was started in 1954 and ends in 1968. Blacks marched for their rights. rights in jobs, voting rights.
President Lyndon Johnson signed the civil rights act and prohibited discrimination in public places and employment discrimination on April 11, 1968.
There is some more civil rights act that was passed by different presidents such as the civil rights act 1960, 1957, etc. If you want to know more about the civil right act of 1968.
Civil right movement struggles by African Americans and many others to end discrimination and racism.
This is a history of the struggle of blacks that were played to get equality in society. It is started from slavery and then further changed to discrimination and racism. In the last after many struggles and protest the differentiation is still continue.
This all from between the world and me summary. The authors want to tell his life experience to his son and to be aware of such things. Along with his son, he wants to tell us the reality the racism on African Americans.
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Between the World and Me Review
First of all, let’s start with an article about vulture which tells Ta-Nehisi Coates nonfiction work between the world and me is coming to HBO this fall.
This book is both a book and stage show by Ta-Nehisi Coates. As you know he is a journalist and author. He is popular for writing about social, cultural, and regarding to African Americans.
And one more, Goodreads rating is 4.40 out of five, and in amazon customer review is also good regarding this book. Goodreads is a review website where customer writes their own experience and rate the book star wise.
And even my experience is also good while reading this book and also happy with it and I recommend to you, this book because the history of America and the author’s personal experience is present in it. As you have already read a little bit above.
If you are interested and have curiosity in African American’s history.
Let’s talk about Author of this book from between the world and me summary.
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About Ta-Nehisi Coates
As you already know a little bit about the author, but here I am giving you some more info from his childhood to now.
Let’s start from his childhood. Coates was born in Baltimore, Maryland his father William Paul was a Vietnam war veteran publisher and librarian, and his mother Cheryl Lynn was a teacher. Coates’s father had seven children, five boys, and two girls.
From early age Coates interested in books and he said that he read many books that his father published. Coates first job was a reporter at the Washington city paper from 2000 to 2007. And worked at different different publications.
Author became a senior editor at The Atlantic and many more achievements that he got. As a author he started from year 2008 by publishing The beautiful Struggle.
Some Books which are written by Ta-Nehisi Coates- The Beautiful Struggle, Between the World and Me, Black Panther, We Were Eight Years in Power, and The Water Dancer.
As you can see the history and present situation of racism and discrimination on African Americans. Author explained such situation in very detailed and in easy manner.
The author also has written his experience of his life and he writes his experience and history very beautifully. Well, I recommend this book and request to everyone please this book and realize the present condition.
This is all from between the world and me summary. I hope you liked this summary and understand such things very well.