Monday, March 20, 2017

Quote of the Day

I have always been struck, in America, by an emotional poverty so bottomless, and a terror of human life, of human touch, so deep, that virtually no American appears able to achieve any viable, organic connection between his public stance and his private life.  This failure of the private life has always had the most devastating effect on American public conduct, and on black-white relations.  If Americans were not so terrified of their private selves, they would never have become so dependent on what they call "the Negro problem."

-- James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro, p. 56

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