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The Civil Rights Movement during 1954 though 1965 was a major part of American history. James Baldwin’s book The Fire Next Time is a powerful writing in which he expresses his thoughts and ideas about the racism and the movement during this time period. Throughout the book he continually speaks about himself, others, and civil rights groups that pertain to this movement. Baldwin expresses his frustrations and anger, speaks of how the Cold War plays an affect in the movement, and his prediction of the probable course of racism in America, and how to hopefully defeat it. As a black man during the Civil Rights movement, there is no doubt that Baldwin was frustrated and angered with everything occurring around him. But not only does he show frustration and anger, but he also expresses an understanding to it all. White people need to love themselves so that they can then learn to love others. “White people have quite enough to do to learn how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have done this, whenever it may be, the Negro problem will no longer exist for it will no longer be needed.” (Baldwin, 22). What Baldwin is saying is that white people need to love themselves and understand themselves and then they can accept and love black people. In a way, white people are looking to black people as an easy target of anger due to no self-confidence or no self worth. Thus, white man consider the black man worthless, not even worth as much and considered as equal as whites. Although this frustrates Baldwin, he shows a mature understanding of why the whites are weak and need a scapegoat, so to speak, and the black man is a perfect target. Not only does Baldwin have an issue with whites, but also has a contention with, surprisingly, blacks. 1
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