The Black Man 's Existence Essay

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Science tells us that everything that we as humans do comes from a basic need to survive, and this tells us that the desire to live, or the fear of death, is one of the most primal things that every person feels. In America, this primal desire to survive is what governs African American men in their daily life as a result of the constant fear that their bodies will be taken from them in an act of violence. In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehsi Coates writes about the state of black bodies in America, focusing on the racial violence and harassment that black men face on a daily basis, in the form of a letter to his son. The black man’s existence in America is established by this ever-present fear of death due to the fact that their bodies and their general existence is so policed through social subjugation and institutionalized violence. Moreover, Coates explains that the white identity is constructed in comparison to black existence, and in order to keep white identity as supreme, America allows for the continuous physical attack and constant disenfranchisement of African Americans. Evidence from the text will show that Coates’s combines personal experience with beautifully rhythmic prose in order to make it clear to the reader the ways in which the African American existence is controlled and dictated in America. It also clarifies how this is done through the ever-present threat of violence, and that the reason this policing takes place is to solidify whiteness as the
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