Eliminate violence and racial inequality

As a black boy growing up in such streets, feeling that he devoted one-third of his brain to physically staying safe on the streets, worrying about something bad may happen on him,trepidation, is the only thing he have. Then this black boy going to school and find out the school only concerned with compliance not his ability or curiosity. According to Coates,”When our elders presented school to us, they did not present it as a place of high learning but as a means of escape from death and penal warehousing.” When schools rather focus on prevent young black man drop out of high school than educate them that memories of violence impose real burdens which should not be passed down to the next generation, and if schools concealed truths like Coates said, I’ll feel just like those lines from Nas”Schools where I learn they should be burned, it is poison.”

I was sulky when I read“…..those who failed in the schools justified their destruction in the street. The society could say,”He should have stayed in school” and the wash its hand of him.”, plus things like “Good Intention”,”Personal responsibility”. Shift the blame onto others to preserve the Dream, play ostrich can not solve the problem but shows the disability of the society. It is the society’s responsibility to educate people comprehend the core of different races and their culture, and to build strict morality.

Every day you turn on the TV and see some kind of violence being directed at black people,” Coates said in an emotional acceptance speech of National Book Award for Nonfiction. “Over and over and over again. And it keeps happening.” Coates dedicated the award to his college friend, Prince Jones, who was shot to death by a police officer who mistook him for a criminal. “I’m a black man in America. I can’t punish that officer; ‘Between the World and Me’ comes out of that place,” Coates said. “I can’t secure the safety of my son. I just don’t have that power. But what I do have the power to do is say, ‘You won’t enroll me in this lie. You won’t make me part of it.’“(NYTStyle) Black lives are vulnerable to violence from others in unprotected neighborhoods, and black lives matter.

When you knew that your body was continually under mortal threat, often under attack. At any moment your body could be controlled, violated, by the hands or weapons of another, those who define themselves as white in America and wish to preserve for themselves the privileges of the American Dream. How could this happened in the country which is believe in ” All men are created equal”. Being a decent person, one should have empathy with people and treat them with respect.

Do you think the racial discrimination is a serious problem here in NYC?

Is there anything the society can/should do to help schools like the one Coates attened?

8 thoughts on “Eliminate violence and racial inequality”

  1. Hi Jane , I agree with your blog it is so sad reading about a young boy having to go through that. He just wanted to go to school to get an education and be like the others. Instead he was more concerned about the way he walked to school and the number of times he smiled or what he was smiling at. Ta-Nehisi Coates (25) “The world had no time for the childhoods of black boys and girls. How could the schools?” That to me was very disturbing. No matter what was going on at the time, in school everyone should get taught the same way and let the children feel safe. They are in school more that they are at home with their parents most of the time. The boy felt as if the school was hiding something so the kids would not ask questions. I am so glad that schools have changes so much.

  2. Hello Jane, nice blog. I agree, the reading was very sad. Hearing someone’s story of struggle is never pleasant, it opens people’s eyes and hurts their hearts. It is very common for people to focus more on how people perceive them than getting a good education; being a good student makes you a nerd, which is apparently a bad thing; wearing overpriced, “cool” clothes while having the same attitude as everyone else is “cool” which makes you cool, which is apparently way better than being yourself. However, depending on your neighborhood, you have to worry about the way you present yourself for your own safety, not to move up the school social scale. This is what was described by Coates . In certain neighborhoods, if you’re male and you do not have a tough, masculine exterior, you will be beaten up. You must look and act as everyone else does for your own safety, it is a horrible social issue that lives on.
    To answer your first question, I do believe there is a problem with racial discrimination in New York, as well as the rest of the world. Everyone is a book and people judge each other by their covers without ever reading one of their pages. Recently, more and more attention is being brought to the discrimination against colored citizens when it comes to law enforcement. Recently, we had a small amount of bombings which were done by a man named Ahmad Khan Rahami. He attempted to kill and injure people with bombs, he pulled a gun out and shot an officer, he was then shot in the shoulder and taken into custody alive. Also recently, a black man named Terence Crutcher had his car break down, officers approached and he went to ask them for help, he was seemingly unarmed. He complied to the officers request for him to put his hands up, then turned to his car, at that moment one officer tased him and the other shot, he died later in the hospital. That incident was caught on camera. Colored, specifically black people, continue to be discriminated against and it needs to stop, it is creating more and more tragedy.

  3. Hi Jane. Good job on the blog! Race shouldn’t come in the way of education. Every child should be treated equally and be able to show their potential. I agree that it is the “society’s responsibility to educate people comprehend the core of different races and their culture, and to build strict morality.” Unfortunately if society portrays one thing almost everyone else follows. Everyone shouldn’t be influenced and should hold their own opinions. Schools and parents should open students minds to accept others without judging them by their skin color or looks. Students learn only what is taught to them and what they want to learn. Schools have changed and students have learned to accept others than what it was back then. Although racism still exists, it needs to be stopped.

  4. I know it goes outside of out topic of education, but your questions reminded me about the recent testimony of a 9 year old girl in Charlotte’s City Council. In her statement she said: “We shouldn’t have to protest because y’all are treating us wrong. We do this because we need to and have rights.” And she was completely right. The skin color does not matter at all, what really matter is the person. In this country we take pride of the equality of rights, but, is this equality exercised? My answer is NO. All over time we have seen that black race are the less privileged population as well as is the one with fewer opportunities, their neighborhood are the worse, their schools have the poorest system of the city and they are often segregated. It is not fair. Because of their skin color, we can’t devalue their intelligence, and it can’t also predetermine if their entitlements.

  5. Great job, Jane! You made some very valid points pertaining to the article, specifically when you mentioned the quote regarding higher education not emphasizing the importance of education itself. The education system gave significance to the fact education was the way to go because then you could either end up dead or in prison: “‘When our elders presented school to us, they did not present it as a place of high learning but as a means of escape from death and penal warehousing.'” To address your first question, racial discrimination is more than an issue in New York City. So much of an issue that media attention definitely plays a role in the entire ordeal now. A very powerful line that stood out to me was definitely when Coates states, “You have seen all the wonderful life up above the tree-line, yet you understand that there is no real distance between you and Trayvon Martin, and thus Trayvon Martin must terrify you in a way that he could never terrify me.” Here, readers were quickly indicated the the writing to follow this quote were going to solely address racial discrimination of some sort. As far as your second question, I believe society can improve more on bring awareness to the issue for more changes to be made, but I do not believe schools set ups are still designed as they were for Coates.

  6. This was really sad to read considering what Coates went through in school. We worry about little things in the morning before getting ready to head out. Such as how our hair looks, or our clothes, or even our makeup. We ask ourselves questions such as, “Is my hair too frizzy, should I straighten it”? But Coates asked himself about his skin. Which is something he can not change. We could change the style of our hair or the clothes we are wearing but can he change the color of his skin? Of course he can’t and he shouldn’t feel the need to either. Worrying about his skin color leading him into some sort of trouble is sad. He looked at himself as a boy who can get attacked. But that is sad because he shouldn’t let his looks come in the way of his education. You stated in your article that, “Black lives are vulnerable to violence from others in unprotected neighborhoods, and black lives matter”. And of course that is true because no matter if someone is “white”, “black”, or “brown”, everyone is equal. We all share the same DNA as the person sitting next to us, so why should it matter if they look different from the outside.

  7. Very interesting reading and a very interesting blog post. I thought one of the more interesting parts of the article was when Coats was talking about how the schools were more interested in his compliance than the stuff he was curious about. It was a very interesting thing to think about because it brings up massively important question that needs to be addressed. Should there be a curriculum at school? And if so, to what extent. On one side the schools for better or for worse are trying to help form the future society and they make mandatory what they want functioning members of that society to know. On the other hand these ‘boring’, ‘unimportant’ subjects can build up a hatred of the education and the society that goes along with it and there will be rebellion.

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