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Notes of a Native Son


James Baldwin


“I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am, also, much more than that. So are we all.”

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“It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story. It is a story which otherwise has yet to be told and which no American is prepared to hear.“

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“I imagine that one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain.”



Further Reading

James Baldwin - Another Country



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