SOURCE: The Atlantic
Evaluating the Perpetually Forthcoming Racial Reckoning
Journalist Wesley Lowery turns to a rereading of James Baldwin and Derrick Bell to consider how the racial identity of the officers who beat Tyre Nichols to death fits into the history of American racism.
James Baldwin's Essay "Negroes are Anti-Semitic Because they're Anti-White" 55 Years Later
by Jacques Berlinerblau and Terrence L. Johnson
"He appears to be attacking one thing (i.e., the Jews), yet his true targets lie elsewhere."
SOURCE: The New Republic
How Americans Lost Their Fervor for Freedom (Review of Louis Menand)
by Evan Kindley
Before lamenting the death of "freedom" as the highest social ideal, it's important to reckon seriously with what the term means outside of the context of the Cold War.
SOURCE: Amsterdam News
Princeton Prof Eddie Glaude Talks New Book ‘Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America’
Glaude’s book reminds us that the duty to turn things around is ours. Baldwin is our guide.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Ken Burns: Our Monuments are Representations of Myth, Not Fact
James Baldwin reflects on the complexity of "liberty" in the context of anti-black racism.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
The History That James Baldwin Wanted America to See
by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
"In his reflections on King, Baldwin wrote that we were witnessing the death of segregation, and that the question was how long and how expensive the funeral would be. If only he knew."
SOURCE: The New York Times
When James Baldwin Squared Off Against William F. Buckley Jr.
Nicholas Buccola's book, "The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America" examines the debates between Baldwin and Buckley. The book is available now.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
September 15, 2019
William F. Buckley Jr. vs. James Baldwin: A racial showdown on the American dream
Hundreds of thousands of people have watched the riveting 1965 debate between the two writers — one white, the other black — on YouTube.
SOURCE: The North Star
Reflecting On The Civil Rights Act’s Anniversary With James Baldwin
by Lindsey R. Swindall
Much like the time in which Baldwin wrote, we are living through a period of deep political division and social crisis framed by global discord.
Picturing James Baldwin in Exile
by Robin Lindley
1964 portrait of James Baldwin. All photos courtesy of Sedat Pakay.Being out . . . one is really not very far out of the United States . . . One sees it better from a distance . . . from another place, from another country.-- James BaldwinJames Baldwin (1924-1987), the renowned American novelist, essayist, playwright, civil rights advocate and social critic, was an outspoken advocate for equality and respect for all citizens regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual preference. His novels include Giovanni’s Room, Go Tell It on the Mountain, and Another Country, but he may be most remembered for his powerful essays, often reflections on the timeless American obsessions with race and sexuality, found in his books such as Notes of a Native Son, The Fire Next Time and Nobody Knows My Name.
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