How does Baldwin propose to alter the balance of power? What is his vision for change?
One of the most praiseworthy features of The Fire Next Time, I believe, is that Baldwin does not give a direct proposal, or prescription, for how to change the status quo. To do so would be simplistic. The reader must infer, based on the thoughtful and path-breaking analysis of race relations he presents, the steps that individuals and the nation need to take.
An important point is that white Americans, in general, do not seem to understand their own history or acknowledge that race has affected everything in America. Baldwin is writing in the early 1960s, but his point, in spite of the progress we have made as a...
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