Seriously; Master of the Side Eye.
Plus he wrote some of the best essays of the 20th Century regarding wealth, class, race, privilege, and culture.
This is now a James Baldwin appreciation blog.
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.
I like to think that somewhere, Baldwin is laying the smackdown on Mittens and his candyass.
The reason people think it’s important to be white is that they think it’s important not to be black. —James Baldwin
People like Mittens think that being born rich and white means they earned their privilege.
Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death—ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life.
James Baldwin Speech
To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.
Just a reminder that Jimmy Baldwin was a BAMF.