Wednesday, February 23, 2011
TNC, The Beautiful Struggle, Chp. 5
"My Consciousness grew," he writes at one point, "until I was obsessed with having been birthed in the wrong year." He even "longer to take the rope for John Brown or snuff the peon who dimed out Vesey."
He hung out "at bookstores built for the people" and had Malcolm X's "Ballot or the Bullet" on his Walkman (137).
But during school, perhaps bored, he was dismissive and at times disruptive. At one point, after pushing a teacher and then getting handcuffed by police, he receives a serious serious smack-down from his father (141).
We can talk about the punishment he receives from his father, but something that stood out to me as it related to the young brother we'll work with next year relates to a bright student (the young Coates) actively engaged with books, music, and ideas out in the world and yet begin disengaged and disruptive in the classroom. I'm not even really sure about the question I have about that right now, but it seems like a topic we'd want to discuss with young black men just starting out in college next fall.
Let me know what you think. What other topics from the chapter stood out to you?