Being against something doesn’t cost much—or accomplish much.
Baldwin’s words in Raoul Peck’s film indict us, but they also help us envision a new future.
Several recent films and shows portray people of color with a complexity that James Baldwin once assumed was impossible for pop culture.
The prayers of the people call us. When we answer, we invite the possibility that it is we who will be poor, hungry, sick, and in prison.
Yet, his “pessimism” lies in thinking change is unlikely, not that change is impossible. When discussing police brutality and criminal justice, he reminds his readers that “democratic will” has sanctioned and allowed the abuses that flow from these practices.
The books I've read repeatedly are the ones that have probed my heart and expanded my vision.