2 comments on “James Baldwin Speaks

  1. Yes, an excellent point. Baldwin speaks to Stonewall- before and after- just as powerfully. His identification with the despised was both personal and universal. A brilliant man.

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  2. A fitting post for the 40th anniversary of Stonewall as well, being as Baldwin explored not just the alienation of race and poverty but also sexual orientation. He was attacked for his openess by many even within the Civil Rights ‘community’ (in Soul on Ice for example). As for empathy and honesty, there are few better than Baldwin:
    “It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

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