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The Fire Next Time av James Baldwin
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The Fire Next Time (utgåvan 1992)

av James Baldwin (Författare)

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At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto.
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Titel:The Fire Next Time
Författare:James Baldwin (Författare)
Info:Vintage (1992), Edition: Reissue, 128 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
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Has anyone thought better than James Baldwin? The flow of his writing, his political thinking, his fluid movement from the personal to the political is unparalleled. This was a small book, and it didn't really peak intellectually as much as simmered throughout, but I found much of it very interesting and relevant and refreshing. I wish I could re-read this more slowly, even study it in a class setting. ( )
  Gadi_Cohen | Sep 22, 2021 |
Baldwin is quickly becoming one of my favorite prose stylists. On that end, I found no fault.

It's a bit unfair to say that I've found other faults. There were some personal hesitations. The theme of love is a bit mystical---perhaps, intentionally, a bit spiritual---never to be spelled out very much other than that it doesn't mean puppy, romantic love. He at least doesn't settle my questions about it. Yet for all the work that it does, in his explanation of what's gone wrong, in his sketch of solutions, I should come away with a better sense of what it is. So, again, I think this is just personal hesitation. Someone that is more spiritual than I am might make better sense of it.

But he is careful. He does not merely condemn whites and he does not merely take what he agrees with from the Nation of Islam. He gets you to feel the hate and anger. But he discourages you from violence and vengeance. His blade has two edges.

And his trenchant commentary on the psychological factors (fear, personal identity, temporariness, etc.) behind power structures, behind racial dynamics in America, are alone worth the read. This part, sparing the details and wars of his time, makes it worth reading as a standalone, as a work outside of his time and his context.

I think we see it today, this fear that upholds racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and trans/homo-phobia now: the feeling that as diversity increases and as minorities succeed, we've lost something in ourselves. We can see in this feeling the Baldwinian mechanism (fear, personal identity, temporariness) that explains it: the insecurity of not knowing what all that means for who white Americans get to be (will they lose jobs?) or what they get to say (what's with this stifling PC culture?), the rage at the white guilt that is not really demanded of people now (what did I, personally, do?).

Whether I'm right or not about this use of his explanation, this part of his essay is more to my taste: rigorous, yet personal. As power structures repeat themselves in the future, we will see whether it must come by that overwhelming insecurity. That insecurity is one which he describes deftly as would a report from a battle-worn soldier atop a castle wall who sees both sides of the battlefield, accurately and intimately, rather than through an eagle's eyes as it soars comfortably above the destruction. ( )
  tonberrysc | Aug 20, 2021 |
Baldwin is thoughtful and angry. For good reason. How depressing to think that almost 60 years after this book was written and the country has still not changed its basic attitude toward the African American, whose forefathers were brought to this country in chains and used like work animals, but treated much, much worse. ( )
  wagnerkim | Jul 21, 2021 |
Short book discussing race issues from the mid-60's. One statement Baldwin made was how a Black man would never be able to hold a position of leadership or authority in white America. And today, some forty years later, we have a Black President. Apparently, the Nation has come a long way since then, so the book is an interesting look back for those too young to remember the racial tension of the 60's. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
A short letter to his nephew and a long diatribe about race relations, with many relevant points even 54 years after the book's initial publication in 1963. Baldwin makes some very powerful points about the need for all people to take action against injustice and not go along with the prevailing sentiment or popular opinions. He places the blame for pervasive racism less on the perpetrators than on the enablers. Another interesting point he made was how the poor treatment of blacks fighting to support America's freedom in WWII was an affront: risking their lives, they still faced racism in the war and upon their return. Using the church to escape the streets seemed contrived, especially since he did not really have a passion for his own, and I wish he had developed a more definitive position of the Black Muslim movement and the Hon. Elijah Mohammed. I think the longer portion of the book could have been better organized, perhaps into topical chapters, as it seemed to wander. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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