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?