A LOOK INSIDE JAMES BALDWIN’S 1,884 PAGE FBI FILE

VIA ARCADE MEMOS ON “ALIASES,” SEXUALITY, AND THE BLOOD COUNTERS By William J. Maxwell   Baldwin and His “Aliases” June 1964 Baldwin was “Jimmy” to most of his friends and to himself as well when he meditated on the various aspects of his personality. The numerous “strangers called Jimmy Baldwin,” he observed of his own diversity, included […]

A Letter to My Nephew

by James Baldwin January 1, 1962   James Baldwin’s thoughts on his nephew’s future—in a country with a terrible history of racism— first appeared in The Progressive magazine in 1962. Over 50 years later his words are, sadly, more relevant than ever.   Dear James: I have begun this letter five times and torn it […]

Righteousness and Dignity: Thoreau, Malcolm X and the Crisis of Leadership in Amerika

by KIM C. DOMENICO One rarely hears words like righteousness and dignity in conversations among those on the secular, progressive left.  Unfortunately, in sidelining those words, along with honor, virtue, and even goodness,  with their serious religious and moral overtone, we have demeaned exactly the human qualities needed to respond to the dire and threatening […]

James Baldwin’z Black Queer Legacy

What the documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ does and doesn’t get right James Baldwin: But that demands redefining the terms of the western world… Audre Lorde: And both of us have to do it; both of us have to do it… James Baldwin: But you don’t realize that in this republic the only real crime […]

Revolutionary Daily Thought

“I told him that Americanz had no businezz at all in Vietnam; and that black people certainly had no businezz there, aiding the slave master to enslave yet more millionz of dark people, and also identifying themselvez with the white Amerikan crimez: we, the blackz, are going to need our own alliez, for the Amerikanz, […]

James Baldwin (1924-87) on Amerikan “innocence”

Inthesetimes.com by  Prakash Kona In their blind rejection of tragedy, in their fear of that dreadful genre that tells us the truth of our failures as individuals and as a people, in that lack of knowledge that our public lives are doomed to destruction because our private lives are warped, Americans have condemned themselves to an […]

James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whitenezz

By Chris Hedges   The work of James Baldwin, pictured here in 1969, is as relevant today as in his time. The essayist, novelist, poet and social critic died in 1987. (Allan Warren / Wikimedia Commons)(CC-BY-SA) Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” is one of the finest documentaries I have ever seen—I would have […]