THE CRISIS OF LEADERSHIP in the white community is remarkable-and-terrifying-because there is, in fact, no white community. This may seem an enormous statement-and it is. I’m willing to be challenged. I’m also willing to attempt to spell it out. My frame of reference is, of course, America, or that portion of the North American continent…… Continue reading On Being White and other Lies by James Baldwin
The thought just materialized in our head one morning: “Go and find out why I named my book ‘The Fire Next Time.'” Since the voice spoke in the first person and only one person we know of has a book entitled “The Fire Next Time” it seems a logical conclusion that the author in question…… Continue reading The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Racism Alive And Well It’s become customary to suppose that a measure of discrimination is built into whiteness itself, a racial category that has often functioned as a purely negative designation: to be white in America is to be not nonwhite, which is why it was possible, in 1961, for a white woman from Kansas…… Continue reading What is being white?