Black writers redefine the struggle: a tribute to James by James Baldwin, Jules Chametzky, University of Massachusetts

By James Baldwin, Jules Chametzky, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities

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Parker, took quite a different light. " Instead of recognizing those facts, says Mr. Parker, Baldwin succumbed to hatred and rage which consumed both himself and his art. The irritation in Mr. Parker's voice is unmistakable. One has heard it elsewhere. What does Baldwin want? S. S. Army, and a whole lot of other gains. What does the fellow want? The misunderstanding between such a view of the situation and James Baldwin's cannot but be fundamental. Baldwin wants something other than mayors and generals.

West Africa ceased to be The White Man's Grave, and all of a sudden the need for the high-minded policies of Africanization no longer existed. You would think that the old policy might be slowly and gracefully changed. But no! The old Bishop Crowder was literally hounded out of his episcopal see and replaced by a white bishop. Africans in high places in government or commerce were removed or superceded. The West Indians were sent packing. Things stayed that way for the next three quarters of a century, until independence came to British West African colonies in the wake of the general collapse of the British Empire at the end of the second world war.

Army, and a whole lot of other gains. What does the fellow want? The misunderstanding between such a view of the situation and James Baldwin's cannot but be fundamental. Baldwin wants something other than mayors and generals. He defines the struggle differently. He wants to lift from the back of Black people the heavy burden of their blackness, to end the oppression which is visited on them because they are Black and for no other reason, to use his own phrase. Page 6 To define the struggle the way he does, Baldwin has to see it from a whole range of perspectives at oncethe historical, the psychological, the philosophical, which are not present in a handful of statistics of recent advances.

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