Objects & Places from Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates
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The Black Body

How this object is viewed and treated by white American society is the primary focus of the author's memoir.

The Mecca

This metaphorical term is used to describe the personal philosophy and culture of the students of Howard University.

The Dream

This metaphorical term is used ironically to describe how the push for material success in America is unattainable for a majority of its black citizens.

Law Enforcement

This very organization created to protect American citizens is often accused of targeting black citizens because of the color of their skin.

The Belt

An item of discipline, this object instilled the author with a sense of fear as a child and shaped his role as a black adult.


Seen as pointless by the author as a child, the author now states that this symbolizes the potential for success for future black Americans.


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