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A column by Abby Zimet
A column by Abby Zimet

To Make the World A Human Dwelling Place For All: I Can't Believe What You Say Because I See What You Do

Honoring the loss and inestimable gifts left behind, we mark what would have been the 97th birthday of James Baldwin - incandescent writer, masterful orator, out gay black man and fiery advocate who long and incisively spoke "the naked truth" about the racism of a country "trapped between what we would like to be and what we actually are." Always, he scrupulously named the transgressors: "White people have to (find) out in their own hearts why it was necessary to have a nigger in the first place. Because I'm not a nigger, I'm a man. But if you think I'm a nigger, it means you need it."

Aug 2, 2021

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