[The Beautiful Struggle]
In chapter 4 of The Beautiful Struggle, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes, “But seeing that handle among the books of glorious Africa, I knew why I could never be Javonne or Pete, that my name was a nation, not a target, not something for teachers to trip over but the ancient Nubians and the glorious Egyptians of the 25th” (112). At this moment, he discovers for himself the true meaning of his name, thus gaining a sense of pride.
How did you respond to Coates's growing sense of cultural pride from that moment or somewhere else in the chapter? Why or how so?