At one point, Coates states the he "came to see the streets and the schools as arms of the same beast." What leads him to this conclusion? What other institutions built upon "good intention" do you see as contributing to the same cycles of inequality?

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Coates sees the schools and the streets as "arms of the same beast" because of their implicit connection via fear and violence. He discusses the way in which school lessons focused on nonviolent groups such as the Freedom Riders, and how they were held up as virtuous heroes. His school education focused on depictions of peaceful blacks being sprayed by fire hoses, beaten, and attacked by dogs rather than on more militant groups like the Black Panthers. To Coates, this makes no sense because the nonviolent black "heroes" that were valorized were people "whose values society actively scorned" (32). In this way, schools taught that the best way to be a black person in society was to be non-violent, despite the fact that the country "acquired . . . land through murder and tamed it under slavery . . . whose armies fanned out across the world to extend their domination" (32). Both the schools and...

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