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Book Title: Nobody Knows My Name|
The author of the book: James Baldwin
Date of issue: December 1st 1992
ISBN 13: 9780679744733
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Baldwin should be read by anyone and everyone. Any commentary I could make would do poor service to his writing and his ideas, but the more and more I read this book the more I appreciate his voice, reasoned, calm, pleading of an understanding to the issue of race which even the most "liberated" of us only poorly grasp.
Even more, knowing this collection of essays was written nearly fifty years ago, it is hard to imagine how deeply we have sunk back into a sense of complacency regarding race issues and discrimination. Of course, now it isn't black people we fear, but brown people, an even more insidious adjective of difference. There are Mexicans who are "stealing" our jobs and taking our money; there are Muslims who "hate us for our freedoms", who we cannot see as anything other than terrorists in turbans dedicated to blowing themselves and us up, even though Islam was one of the more liberal ideologies in regards to women's rights. How sad it is that we cannot get past our stereotypes we have of others, that we cannot devote ourselves to truly changing the world. I can only imagine what is ultimately wrong with us, and whether we can overcome ourselves, or if there is any hope for us. We can only dream and keep trying, and perhaps one day, we will.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. Go Tell It on the Mountain, his first novel, is a partially autobiographical account of his youth. His essay collections Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, and The Fire Next Time were influential in informing a large white audience.
From 1948, Baldwin made his home primarily in the south of France, but often returned to the USA to lecture or teach. In 1957, he began spending half of each year in New York City. His novels include Giovanni's Room, about a white American expatriate who must come to terms with his homosexuality, and Another Country, about racial and gay sexual tensions among New York intellectuals. His inclusion of gay themes resulted in a lot of savage criticism from the Black community. Eldridge Cleaver, of the Black Panthers, stated the Baldwin's writing displayed an "agonizing, total hatred of blacks." Baldwin's play, Blues for Mister Charlie, was produced in 1964. Going to Meet the Man and Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone provided powerful descriptions of American racism. As an openly gay man, he became increasingly outspoken in condemning discrimination against lesbian and gay people.
On November 30, 1987 Baldwin died from stomach cancer in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France. He was buried at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, near New York City.
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