From the ancient time, there have been many cases of brutality against the Blacks in the United States. This brutality started from the time of slave trade where Black people were treated badly, particularly by disrespecting their bodies. The continuous violence against black bodies caught the attention of two authors, including Ta-Nehisi Coates and Claudia Rankine. In his book, Between the World and Me, Coates maintains that the perpetual brutality against black body has defined and continued to define the element of American Society. Similarly, in her book, Citizen, Rankine presents the reality of everyday racism in the U.S, which includes implied judgments, glance, and remarks.
The assertion of Coates, in his book, which he got used with the code of the street so as to survive means that leaving in the U.S as a black meant survival. The author made these assertions to explain many problems that a black child face when growing up in the United States. The back parents are hard to their children because they intend to protect them. The parents are careful not to lose their children because the society does not treat them as human beings. Men in the street used their swagger and loudness with the aim of announcing themselves as human beings so as to protect themselves.
Coates maintains that “to become adult black in Baltimore was generally to grow poor, disregarded, and distressed to proclaim one’s humanity (Williams 16).” This means that black people had no access to resources and opportunities, which can help improve the standards of their lives. Being denied opportunities has always made the live of black people more miserable. Lack of income, education and good health contributes to increasing the stress in black people as they attempt to proclaim their humanity.
It is true that the history of ruining the black body is in the demoralizing Jim Crow laws, the encounters of the Civil War, and racial profiling and police brutality. The effects of Jim Crow laws is evident in the 21st century where race, color, and religion are used to segregation people, particularly in schools and place of work. There are many schools in the U.S, which do not recruit children based on their race and color. Similarly, some companies in the U.S discriminate the black people by giving the black workers junior posts while the whites are given management positions. There have been cases of police brutality against black people in the U.S, where it was reported that police killed about 258 black people in the year 2016. This explains the suffering that Coates underwent when growing up is still experienced by blacks in the 21st century.
In her book, Rankine maintains that “the world is wrong. It is hard for people to put the past behind them. It is suppressed in them; it is turned their flesh into its closet (Rankine 27).” This means that it is hard for the people to forget their history. The part of the history that Rankine implies relates to the suffering that black people underwent in the past. The blacks have been discriminated in different institutions and denied the chance to improve their lives. For instance, in school, the white in Catholic school would ask to cheat off their exams while the naive nun would never realize. This indicates that the white do not get good grades in school or better opportunities in life because they are better that the blacks. Instead, the life is made too easy for the whites while the black are forced to endure massive struggle.
The struggles situations presented by Rankine indicating favoritism of the white and discrimination of the blacks is evident in the 21st century in the U.S. The black children are denied chances to join the good school, which forces them to enroll to school with limited resources, and sometimes fail to join schools. This has created inequality in the U.S because the black children are not given equal opportunities as the white children. This has made the black people continue struggling as they seek to assert their humanity.
Rankine, Claudia. Citizen: An American Lyric. Penguin UK, 2015.
Williams, Thomas Chatterton. “Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.” London Review of Books 37.23 (2015): 15-18.