"ESQ: How can we get the black people to cool it?
"JAMES BALDWIN: It is not for us to cool it.
"ESQ: But aren't you the ones who are getting hurt the most?
"JAMES BALDWIN: No, we are only the ones who are dying fastest."
(Also note that they cut Baldwin's mic on "The Florida Forum" The Very Moment he starts referring to the Black Civil Rights movement as an "American Revolution.")
Love, love, love Baldwin
He should be taught in every high school.
@Wolven Thanks. This archived version is accessible to anyone who doesn't have a subscription.
"What causes the eruptions, the riots, the revolts- whatever you want to call them- is the despair of being in a static position, absolutely static, of watching your father, your brother, your uncle, or your cousin- no matter how old the black cat is or how young- who has no future."
- James Baldwin
We come here in search of a place to express our thoughts outside of the direct control and surveillance of unaccountable, mega-corporations. There is no common theme that binds us other than these being the bonds we've chosen rather than those that have been chosen for us.
Esquire's "How To Cool It" interview with James Baldwin was 1968.
He wrote "The White Problem" in 1964.
This interview was 1963: youtu.be/FpRziHGxeEU
I reiterate and update here something I've said elsewhere, before:
60 years later, and James Baldwin would still, sadly, recognize these streets.