James Baldwin on White Fragility


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Feb 27, 2009
As relevant today as it was in 1979 when ABC buried the interview...

“White people go around, it seems to me, with a very carefully suppressed terror of Black people—a tremendous uneasiness,” Baldwin said. “They don’t know what the Black face hides. They’re sure it’s hiding something. What it’s hiding is American history. What it’s hiding is what white people know they have done, and what they like doing. White people know very well one thing; it’s the only thing they have to know. They know this; everything else, they’ll say, is a lie. They know they would not like to be Black here. They know that, and they’re telling me lies. They’re telling me and my children nothing but lies.”


Duffy LaCoronilla

Duke status
Apr 27, 2016
It actually is.

But you're not because you love black people.

You're just an asshole?
Black don’t know how to use computers.

Latinos, unlike blacks, have diverse opinions.

Poor kids are just as smart as white kids.

I don’t want my kids going to school in a racial jungle.