Destroyed sense of identity, black people were born in America, it is/was their country and they were denied an existence there.
Black people have fought this battle alone
Black people are marching for inclusion, white people for exclusion
The past is still with us
Segregation breeds apathy; you don’t know what’s happening on the other side because you don’t want to know
It’s a matter of looking at your life and being responsible for it, and being willing to change it
Baldwin was not able to walk next to his blonde girlfriend at night on the street, a humiliating fact that ruined any chances of relationship; this happens all the time in America.
Someone once said that people in America cannot bear too much reality, they prefer instead fantasy to a truthful representation of their existence. People have quite enough reality to bear by simply getting through their lives
Lays very heavily on the white community, with the profiteers, vested interested, with the great middle stream of people who have refused to commit themselves or even have the slightest knowledge that these things have been going on.
The story of the negro in America is the story of America and it is not a pretty story … what can we do? We cary our history with us, we are our history