Fear and Violence
Coates writes the book to his adolescent son, Samori. Throughout, he describes moments of paralyzing fear, often accompanied by imminent or potential threats of violence. In the first section of the book, Coates reacts to the murder of Michael Brown, and how to address it with Samori, writing, â??I did not tell you that it would be okay, because I never believed it would be okayâ? (11).
How does Coatesâ??s reaction here help us think about the relationship between fear and violence?
How is the perceived relationship between fear and violence further developed after his friend, Prince Jones, is killed?
You may also want to consider Coatesâ??s admiration of Malcolm X, and how this admiration adds another layer of complexity to the fraught relationship between fear and violence.