The book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates brings to light the story of Black culture, and the experience of the Africa diaspora in America as compared to its White Eurocentric American counterpart. The book addresses the real-life struggle of Black lives in America and how Coates overcame this struggle to become a successful writer and activist.
His book Discusses the realities of life as a Black American man in dominant White Male society. Coates experience is shaped by his decisions and his ambition to reveal his truth. His experiences give the reader the opportunity to see the decisions Black men in America are forced to make.
Although we all struggle at times– the lives, truths and experiences of black and POC are much more complex, rooted in experiences unique to the violence and forced reception of slave culture and continuation of Imperialist methodology in and from the United States, adhering to the absence of civility amongst White American society. The effects of American colonialism and imperialism have affected most by a very young age, and will have overcome more abuse and violence than the average person in America.
This book introduce another perspective considering the very real ideology of White privilege: how it affects Black Americans in all aspects of life–all in which adhere to the Black American voice and progress needed in social change movements. Coates perseveres throughout life, his experience in Paris outlines the contrast to his life in America and the love of his son in which he has dedicated the book.
This book brought to light my own experience growing up in America, and importantly why I left after my first few years of University to travel Europe and South America. The Dream. The American dream is so much more than stumbling around in a broken system or feeling the weight of other people’s choices in your life–when we seek to see beyond the images that others have created of us, we begin to see that there is a world beyond the one “given” to us.
This kind of empowerment can not be replaced by an ideology alone, but through the freedom that is our birthright. This country has been run by manic psychopaths for far too long –when the world awakens, it will be a force like we have never seen.
Portraits from Paris
Musée du Louvre, Paris France 2008
Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris France 2008
Champ de Mars, Paris France 2008