I Say : White Woman Living Of White America

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I Say: White Woman Living in White America Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses the topic of white America often throughout his book, Between the World and Me, as well as the struggles he has as a black American. The dream he portrays in his book consists of maintaining a well-paying job and eventually striving to become a wealthy, upper class citizen. Little do people know that the dream is not obtainable by everyone, Coates asserts that the American dream revolves around being white. Often times, blacks will begin to “act white” in order to achieve this American dream or achieve happiness in White America. Black people leave their natural physical appearances and language in order to achieve this idea of “being white”. Personally, I find this to…show more content…
He says,“I tell you now that the question of how one should live within a black body, within a country lost in the Dream, is the question of my life, and the pursuit of this question, I have found, ultimately answers itself” (12). Black people begin to abandon their natural demeanor and their heritage to become accepted in this culture. They will change their tone of voice to be able to have “suitable” conversations, consisting of proper grammar. Often times, black people will change their whole demeanor just to get a job in this country. If a white man was told to change how he acted, or societal pressures forced him into acting a certain way, we would never hear the end of it. There would be an uproar because we are being forced to be something we are not. This is exactly what is happening with the black man. According to Coates, this is the problem with the dream and I agree wholeheartedly. Furthermore, as stated above, many black will hinder their natural state in order to be accepted in society. Coates argues against the dream by saying, “I am black, and have been plundered and have lost my body. But perhaps I too had the capacity for plunder, maybe I would take another human’s body to confirm myself in community” (60). Additionally, countless white people
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