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Lee 1Shanna Lee Professor Lambert IAH 207 30 November 2017James Baldwin: The Fire Next Time James Baldwin was a very talented writer during the civil rights movement. In his essay “The Fire Next Time”, he discusses race and religion. Specifically, in his essay, he states, The American Negro has the great advantage of having never believed that collection of myths to which white Americans cling: that their ancestors were all freedom-loving heroes, that they were born in the greatest country the world has ever seen, that Americans are invincible in battle and wise in peace...Negroes know far more about white Americans than that; it can almost be said, in fact, thatthey know about white Americans what parents...know about their children...And perhaps this attitude, held in spite of what they know and have endured, helps to explain why Negroes...have allowed themselves to feel so little hatred. The tendency has really been, insofar as this was possible, to dismiss white people as the slightly mad victims of their own brainwashing (Baldwin 101-102). In this excerpt Baldwin is simply stating the truth; Baldwin is articulating the rarely told truths about the acts the White Americans and how Black Americans have learned to cope with their oblivious state of mind. Over the course of history white Americans have proven time and time again that all they think of is themselves leaving no choice for the black man to feel sorry for them for being so shallow.Further agreeing with Baldwin that black Americans are the ultimately the “truth tellers” and recognize the truth about white Americans. White Americans have become blind to their
Lee 2truth because it is ugly. They want to believe that their “beautiful race” is not really ugly and evil, so they have intentionally brainwashed themselves. Because the white Americans are so brainwashed the black Americans have learned to let them believe what they want because they will never understand that they have to accept the truth about their race. Black Americans have learned to face the fact that the white Americans are more so the victims. They are victims because they are ultimately the less fortunate ones. White Americans are seen as less fortunate