Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates

Between the World and Me



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What stigma does every African American person have to deal with throughout their life, from their first cry when they come into the world, until their last breath on their deathbed? And what risks are run when one falls under the spell of the famous American Dream? Writer and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates addresses the burning issue of institutionalised racism in American social policies, the inherent risk of being a black person, and the fear that creates violence on the streets of African American neighbourhoods, explaining all of this in a letter to his teenage son in the acclaimed book, Between the World and Me.

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Analysis and key concepts


To fight racism, we must fight the American Dream


The constant fear felt by African Americans creates violence on the streets and in the family


University is one of the places that provides an escape from street violence


As Prince Jones's story shows, sometimes even college is not enough


In the United States, people of colour must constantly live on the defensive


Travelling abroad can help you finally overcome the American Dream, and distance yourself from it




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Many useful tips to:

  • Learn more about the racism faced by the black community in America.
  • Understand how violence in the streets stems from people living in constant fear.
  • Learn more about the injustices and risks resulting from racist American policies.

Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates is an American writer and journalist. After a childhood spent amidst the violence of the streets of Baltimore, Coates embarked on a literary career and attended Howard University, one of the most prestigious, historically black, universities in the United States. Later, Coates made himself known to the general public by writing about culture and socio-political issues underlying relations between African Americans and white supremacists. Among his best-known works is the essay / letter to his son, Between the World and Me.

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One World