"A Fire Next Time"
A discussion of James Baldwin's "A Fire Next Time" - a compilation of essays dealing with equality between black and white.
# 26460 | 1,355 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 |
Published on May 05, 2003 in Literature (American) , Religion and Theology (Islam) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Racism)
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This paper analyzes essays written by James Baldwin, that describe what needs to be accomplished within the black and the white communities, in order to create an environment of true and meaningful equality. Baldwin's description of the emergence of the Nation of Islam is outlined. The paper illustrates how the dream and the promise of Islam encourage Baldwin to believe that this will point the way to the freedom and true emancipation of blacks in America and elsewhere.
From the Paper:"The world in which we live is still a world in which "when a white man faces a black man, especially if the black man is helpless, terrible things are revealed" (Baldwin, p. 67). Certainly, forty years of affirmative action programs have helped create a new black middle class and facilitated the economic, social and educational advancement of many members of this minority group. Hate crimes are perhaps less frequent today than in the past, but they still occur with distressing regularity across the country. Much has been achieved in terms of racial harmony, but much more certainly needs to be achieved before Baldwin's vision of a united society can be realized."
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