the fire next time-james baldwin

“But in order to change a situation one has first to see it for what it is: in the present case, to accept the fact, whatever one does with it thereafter, that the Negro has been formed by this nation, for better or worse, and does not belong to any other-not to Africa, and certainly not to Islam. The paradox-and a fearful paradox it is-is that the American Negro can have no future anywhere, on any continent, as long as he is unwilling to accept his past. To accept one’s past-one’s history-is not the same as drowning in it, it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.” (81)

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  1. “To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the breaking of bread. It will be a great day for America, incidentally, when we begin to eat bread again, instead of the blasphemous and tasteless foam rubber that we have substituted for it. And I am not being frivolous now, either. Something very sinister happens to the people of a country when they begin to distrust their own reactions as deeply as they do here, and become as joyless as they have become.” (42)

    crazy food makes crazy people. so does no food.

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