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1073 || James Baldwin

Make Your Damn Bed

13-02-2024 • 7 mins

https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/stories/introduction-james-baldwin



The human responsible for this quote: “It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.”

James Baldwin


It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

—James Baldwin


James Arthur Baldwin (1924 – 1987) was born in Harlem, New York on August 2, 1924 to Emma Berdis Jones, originally from Deal Island, Maryland. Love is at the heart of the Baldwin philosophy. Love for Baldwin cannot be safe; it involves the risk of commitment, the risk of removing the masks and taboos placed on us by society. The philosophy applies to individual relationships as well as to more general ones. It encompasses sexuality as well as politics, economics, and race relations. And it emphasizes the dire consequences, for individuals and racial groups, of the refusal to love.

David Adams Leeming, James Baldwin: A Biography[192]


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