"The streets transform every ordinary day into a series of trick questions, and every incorrect answer risks a beat-down, a shooting, or a pregnancy. No one survives unscathed" (22). --Ta-Nehisi Coates
In the second section of chapter 1 of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates begins talking about violence and fear. He also mentions learning codes of the streets in order to survive. For instance, at one moment, he notes "To survive the neighborhoods and shield my body, I learned another language consisting of a basic complement of head nods and handshakes. I memorized a list of prohibited blocks" (23).
What he was learned and absorbed concerning those codes sounded all too familiar in some respects and really caught my attention. What about you? What did you end up focusing on the most while reading those pages (20 - 39)? Why or how so? Please provide page citations.