In In between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Coates states his life in the United States to his kid by supplying him a letter in which he communicates how life is and the difficulties faced when residing in a black body. The overlying theme in the book that portrays such a way of life is the disembodiment of African Americans through American social structure. American social structure causes blacks to live in worry and causes them to be skeptical of America. Being disembodied ways to be separated from your own body. It causes people to feel stood versus; to feel worthless; to feel as if they are not a part of the world. By including around the theme of disembodiment, Coates has the ability to show the damage of the black community and teach his adolescent kid the truths of being black in the United States. In this paper, I will be supplying examples on how the black neighborhoods were disembodied through exploitation and how it resulted in their damage.
American social structure has developed fear to emerge in black communities due to the injustices they face and the social stigma caused upon them. Coates shows this when he first discusses the concept of cops cruelty. He states, “The destroyers will rarely be held responsible. Primarily they will receive pensions … All of this is common to black individuals. And all of this is old for black individuals. No one is called to account” (Coates, 2015, 9). Black communities must not be used to this concept of inequality and oppression when it pertains to American policies. They have to handle these problems to the point where they currently know who the case is going to favor; whites. Not only is this police brutality, it is racial discrimination. Blacks are disembodied and brushed aside.” [It] is a kind of terrorism, and the threat of it changes the orbit of all our lives and, like terrorism, his distortion is deliberate” (Coates, 2015, 114). Their voices are constantly left unheard. America is understood to be a nation of equal protection, however in cases of African Americans, they are not. Laws do not secure them as they need to and blacks know this disturbing nature. Coates demonstrates this when he mentions, “The law did not secure us. And now, in your time, the law has become a reason for stopping and frisking you, which is to state, for enhancing the attack on your body” (Coates, 2015, 17). Law enforcement officers tend to leave from any legal problems concerning the treatment of civilians. Authorities do not deserve to administer any harm upon somebody throughout an investigated scene initially. They have actually set guidelines to follow and officers tend to abuse this authority they have over residents. It creates the police system to be unjust and violates its dictum in “keeping people safe”. This further leads to disembodiment, as blacks feel undesirable with such mistreatment. They are fearful of whites and reliable abuse. Additionally, Coates also points out how he had to “adapt” new ways to endure and not be disembodied in the streets. He needed to learn to protect himself and “shield [his] body” (Coates, 2015, 23). Coates “remembered a list of forbidden blocks [and] found out the odor and feel of battling weather condition” (Coates, 2015, 23). As a worried black guy, he needed to be ready and had to know where aggressiveness happened. He likewise composed to his child, “When I was about your age, each day totally one third of my brain was concerned with who I was walking to school with, our exact number, the manner of our walk, the variety of times I smiled … I practiced the culture of the streets, a culture worried primarily with preserving the body” (Coates, 2015, 24). He knows every action he takes and of his appearance. He understands how other African Americans see him, and how white individuals see him. This issue also reveals the method worry ran in the everyday lives of African Americans. Coates is aware that racism is not gone, and he wants to protect his son. Even as an adult, Coates needed to handle disrespect when a white guy yelled at him, “‘I could have detained you'” (Coates, 2015, 94) for protecting his son to stroll wherever he wants. White people are aware of the divide in between races and choose to take advantage of it. Blacks lack the chances in life that other ethnicities acquire and due to the fact that of this, their lives are surrounded by worry. He “confess [es] that [he is] scared. And [has] no God to hold [him] up” (Coates, 2015, 113). Coates utilizes these circumstances to reveal the brokenness of the black neighborhood to teach his boy about the truths of life in a black body. He wishes to prepare his boy for the unreasonable but encourage him to progress without worry regardless of such difficulties he will deal with.
Not just has fear emerged in black communities living in the United States, but the American social structure has likewise led blacks to be doubtful of the nation. The United States is viewed as a nation that secures everyone and is house of the American Dream, however, it stops working to convey this element. This country has actually produced a history of destroying black mind and bodies. Coates describes it as a “system that makes your body breakable” (Coates, 2015, 18). He advises his kid, “Here is what I would like for you to understand [son]: In America, it is standard to damage the black body– it is heritage” (Coates, 2015, 103). Individuals never ever understand the fact behind America given its viewing as an exceptional country and because of this, American never accepts their offenses. It is not the nation Coates anticipated it to be. Rather, he sees it filled with hatred and crime. He mentions,
America believes itself remarkable, the best and noblest nation ever to exist, a lone champion standing between the white city of democracy and the terrorists, despots, barbarians, and other opponents of civilization … And it is so simple to avert, to live with the fruits of our history and to neglect the great evil carried out in all of our names. But you and I have never ever really had that luxury (Coates, 2015, 8-9).
Due to this disillusionment, black neighborhoods in the United States have ended up being skeptical about America. If it were to follow its standards then African Americans would feel accepted and would be treated as a part of the world. Coates likewise challenges about American schooling and how it has false misperceptions too. “I enjoyed a few of my instructors. But I can not state that I genuinely believed any of them … I picked up the schools were hiding something, drugging us with incorrect morality so that we would not see, so that we did not ask: Why-for us and just us-is the other side of free will and totally free spirits an assault upon our bodies?” (Coates, 2015, 26). Coates’s concerns were never ever responded to given that others were never interested in interest. Americans were taught what they needed to be taught leaving out issues and overlooking reality, portraying America with this sense of disbelief. Coates only wants what is best for his son and informs him that he is:
“… a black boy, and must be responsible for [his] body in a manner that other young boys can not understand. Certainly, [he] need to be responsible for the worst actions of other black bodies, which, in some way, will constantly be assigned to [him] And [he] should be accountable for the bodies of the powerful– the cop who cracks [him] with a nightstick will rapidly find his reason in [his] furtive movements … [He has] to make peace with the mayhem, however [he] can not lie. [He] can not forget how much they took from [them] and how they transfigured [their] really bodies into sugar, tobacco, cotton and gold” (Coates, 2015, 71).
Coates does not desire his kid to grow up dealing with these lies and does not halt to state the truths of what he will ultimately approach. He states, “I did not wish to raise you in fear or false memory. I did not want you forced to mask your delights and bind your eyes. What I wanted for you was to grow into consciousness. I dealt with to conceal nothing from you” (Coates, 2015, 111). Coates does not desire his son to grow up believing that the concept and dream of America is “just”, so he advises him of the fact and how it has actually cost black bodies.
Growing up in a world of hate disembodies an individual, and this is precisely how Coates and black communities feel in America. They do not feel the requirement to be there and feel empty apart from everyone else given the mistreatment they face from authority and other races. Ta-Nehisi Coates focuses on the style of disembodiment in the American social structure to more highlight how it has destroyed black communities and to reveal the truths of residing in a black body in the United States to his adolescent boy. By doing so, he is preparing his kid for the oppressions and oppressions that he will ultimately have to end up being reconciled with and motivate him to move along forward to live an untroubled life that is not bounded with fear.