As I read your book Between the World and Me I can’t help but notice your plea to your son on how to live in a America as a black man. I found your book to be a powerful letter describing Americans agonizing racial history as well as existing blacks civil rights obstacles. When you illustrated that Americans have established the entire society based on the ideas and perceptions of race. I noticed how angry you are at country that hasn’t prosecute law enforcers who you believe purposely murdered black women and men, whose policies encourage mass incarceration towards black population and promote values that discriminate blacks. I can see as you grew up in the streets of Baltimore life was not easy for you. Your everday struggle is definitely something you wish that your son will not experience. I can understand your concern as you confess your frustration as a black community father who gives positive values to his son.
Despite the effort of the civil rights suppression and violence towards blacks remain ingrained in the country culture from slavery. I can tell you want your son to understand that white America’s tendency to glorify democracy has caused them to forget that America has historically violated democratic values through enslavement, theft and torture and thereby subjecting the black women and men to agonizing racial discrimination. Since you witnessed the violent and racist death of people like Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, I can see where you would want to clarify to your son that such killings make it obvious that law enforcers in America are endowed with the power to destroy and victimize black bodies and no matter the effort of the blacks to embrace good values, they will never be safe from the risks of violence (Coates, 21).
I felt your pain when you wanted your son to appreciate that American dream believed by many Americans does not apply to all people equally. That American dreams smell like peppermint but taste like strawberry depicting an irony of the discrepancy that exists between the whites who live up to dream and black people who live under continuous fear. Your letter made me reflect that the fancy and beautiful America dream was established based on race aspect, made possible by blacks and subsequently thrived only for white citizens, with black’s population rarely having access to the dream. I can tell that you want your son to understand that many blacks’ dreamers believe in the American dream, though blind to the reality of the racism and eventually end up frustrated. Not saying that some do succeed and follow their dreams, but many get caught up and do not move up the ladder of success. American dreamers tend to be the lawmakers, police officers and white people who use their privilege and power to suppress the black children. As well as assuming that the entire black population are criminals acting with immunity as a result of justice system that values and equates blacks as prisoners.
Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. , 2015. Internet resource