“But you are a black boy, and you must be responsible for your body” (pg.71) because someone might take it from you.
The essential question that surrounds Ta-Nehisi’s book Between the World and Me, asks readers is, what does it mean to lose your body.
I believe that this book should be on every coffee table of small colored children and even non-colored children. This will be a required reading for my children and their children and even their children for this book gave me hope and lit a fire I did not even know I could have.
For those of colored decent, this book shows a father telling his son that he must be responsible for his body, because society and words of hate can take it from you. The father’s words transcend history of current and past drawing parallels between events. It lights a fire of change and the determination to fight and not just be a number, but to me more than just a dream a person had, but to act and turn a dream into policy.
For those who don’t think they can relate to the book… you can. You may not have personal experiences like those of the father, but you can still read and learn a new perspective. People must be willing to look at both sides of the story before they hold onto their beliefs with passion. Almost everyone will be a parent or sibling, aunt, uncle, and everyone tries to protect their children and family. Protecting children and family can be difficult and everyone ask themselves questions and must explain situations they wish they never had to do. That is how we can relate to this text.
This book shows that there is not one true solution to anything. It educates readers on the responsibility that everyone holds in modern America, and situations in the past that led us to what we are today, and the possibility that we can change.