Chained (But Not Literally Anymore) . In Today’S America,

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Chained (But Not Literally Anymore)
In today’s America, there are still people in America who wholeheartedly believe that Black people are inferior to White. This isn’t news to anyone. America’s history has always been characterized by racial divisions and painted with colored blood. Since America’s founding, “The People” never truly meant all people. But it’s 2017. Slavery has been abolished for more than 150 years. Segregation and Jim Crow were outlawed in the 60’s. However, growing up Black in America today is defined by fear of being attacked for simply existing. There is still an invisible line carved by prejudice and bigotry that divides the races, that limits the ability for Black people to become successful or achieve what Coates
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From a young age, a Black child’s life is characterized by violence and poverty. The books focus largely on violence, specifically police brutality, which is an issue that has persisted through the second half of the twentieth century, and into the twenty-first. Shakur highlights the majority of the violence she encountered during the chapters about her time in prison. Being shot multiple times prior to being incarcerated, being manhandled while being escorted in and out of the courtroom are only a few of the abundant examples cited. She also faced other inhumanities, such as when she was pregnant and not receiving proper medical care, including when the prison doctor gave her false reports regarding her health status, malnutrition, and being kept in the filthy basement of an all-male prison. Despite these things, Shakur’s views on violence are somewhat mixed. Throughout her autobiography, a few passages describe how Shakur attacked guards, such as in the instance of them beating Kamau. Additionally, she briefly joined the Black Panther Party, a militant group known for using violence to advance their agenda. Otherwise, Shakur relied on uncooperative forms of resistance when serving her time such as refusing to stop running around in her cell or refusing to eat until she could see her doctor. Coates discusses violence in a much different way, constantly referring

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