Category: Literature

James Baldwin – Down At The Cross (II)

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This post follows from my post James Baldwin – Down At The Cross pretty directly, so I would encourage you to take the time to start there. There is still a lot of ground to cover in terms of messages that white people can start to take in and spread around in our various communities. That’s

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James Baldwin – Down At The Cross

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“Down At The Cross– Letter from a Region in My Mind” is the second of two missive-style essays that make up The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. You may know (or recall from the previous post) that Baldwin was a mid-20th century author, poet, playwright and fierce critic of social issues, particularly along the intersection of

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James Baldwin – My Dungeon Shook

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James Baldwin was an incredible author, poet, and social critic. He wrote from the mid-to-late 20th century, and his impassioned, beautiful work stands as an amazing resource for us white people trying to understand some of the race-related problems that we will never have to experience. And we need to understand the problems that he addresses, because

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