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Unformatted text preview: is a former insurgent in the ANC’s armed
wing, 2010 (Frank B. III “Introduction: Unspeakable Ethics” Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure
of U.S. Antagonisms, Pg 17-18) GG
In “The Black Boy Looks at the White Boy,” James Baldwin wrote about “the terrible gap between [Norman Mailer’s] life and my own” (174). It is a painful essay in
which he explains how he experienced, through beginning and ending his “friendship” with Mailer, those moments when Blackness inspires White emancipatory
dreams and how it feels to suddenly realize the impossibility of the inverse: “[T]he really ghastly thing about trying to convey to a white man the reality of the Negro experience has nothing whatever to do with the fact of color, but has to do with this
man’s relationship to his own life. He will face in your life only what he is willing to face in his” (175). His long Paris nights
with Mailer bore fruit only to the extent that Mailer was able to say, “Me too.” Beyond that was th...
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