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In "A Talk to Teachers," whats the effect of baldwin's emphasizing his personal...
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Baldwin begins “A Talk to Teachers,” by saying that he is not a teacher. He has, however, been a child, who saw early on that what the histories, and etc, that the teachers were teaching was a false one.
By bringing in his own perspective as a child—a skeptical one, whom teachers may not have realized they had—he redefines students and teachers too “because,” as he says in his essay. “if I am not what I’ve been told I am, then it means that you’re not what you thought you were either!”
His overall message to teachers can be found in these lines:
It means that well-meaning white liberals place themselves in great danger when they try to deal with Negroes as though they were missionaries. It means, in brief, that a great price is demanded to liberate all those silent people so that they can breathe for the first time and tell you what they think of you.
Posted by eir on January 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM (Answer #1)
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