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Why do people find it very difficult to act on what they know?

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In this particular passage from the book, Baldwin is reflecting on how difficult it is for white people to break free from their racial prejudices. He says this is because they are trapped in a history which they do not understand. That's why Baldwin advises his nephew to accept white people, and what's more, to accept them with love: they are entirely innocent; they know not what they do. Until white people fully understand...

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