"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."



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.

(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.")

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