Dear Kenneth Jones,
Due to the new found information I have retained from the book Between the World and me by Jalen Coates, I decided to write to you since you are a cherished friend, and you so happen to be the color of skin that the white man seems to be displeased by. After reading this book, I have come to the conclusion that the so called struggle Coates is trying to convey is the struggle to understand that the black man is the essential below our country. He quotes in his book, “The struggle to understand is our only advantage over this madness” (473). I tell you this because as a black man in this society yourself you will most likely encounter a racist situation you may not be able to control. I want you to be prepared and for the bombardment of hate that you may encounter due to the discourse that resides in our generation today. Do not panic, nor do not feel pity for yourself, because everyone has a fight they must fight. As long as I am a friend of you, I will have your back through this struggle, regardless if the color of my skin appears as white. I also wanted to bring into mind about struggling, but not struggling for the so-called “dreamers”. Coates argues that his son should not struggle for the dreamers because despite being in a trapped situation where your country does not look at individuals as equals due to the color of their skin, you must struggle for yourself so you can overcome this adversity, and pray for the dreamers despite the mistreatment they have for so given you. It may just also protect you from the negative repercussions that could follow if you struggle for the dreamers, such as violence. Coates says to his son, “I feared not just the violence of this world but the rules designed to protect you from it” (400). Although you have resentment in your heart, you must control your emotions because you must remember you are also a member of the struggle.
Another passage I wanted to share with you is how Coates son had been pushed by a white lady. As soon as this incident happened, Coates had been extremely and angry and had started to yell at the lady, and white man came up and said “I could have you arrested!” Which is to say: “I could take your body” (420). Coates uses this incident to illustrate the visceral experience of vulnerability by showing how easy it is for a black man to become angry due to the history the white man has built. He uses it on a symbolic level to say the dream isn’t for everyone by saying how easily are bodies can be broken. This quote brought a lot of feelings to me, and it says, “Disembodiment is a kind of terrorism, and the threat of it alters the orbit of all our lives and, like terrorism, this distortion is intentional” (508). The dream is not real for everyone because the white man intentionally intends to break the bodies of the black man, and breaks hope to achieve the dream.
Coates critique of the dream and dreamers is of 2 slightly different perspectives. the dream is what the white man is currently aspiring its fellow people to achieve. If you live and achieve the dream, then you’re assured a spot in this country and are considered a true American. The difference between the dream and dreamers is that the dreamer’s, the very people that promote this lifestyle, are the same people that aspire to break the bodies of the black man with no remorse or intent of them to succeed. Coates wants his son to understand that blacks will continue to struggle towards reaching the dream, and may or may not ever achieve the dream. He want his son to understand that living among these dreamers and their corruption may be difficult, but you must learn to struggle for yourself, and overcome the adversity god has given you. This is exactly the message I want to send you Kenneth Jones, seeing as you are a great friend, and a college student at San Diego State University. You are an educated black man, and continue to be proud of that, and continue to struggle for yourself.