James Baldwin’s Racial Critique Has Contemporary Relevance

Chris Lebron
Mar 12, 2019 - 5:00
James Baldwin’s Racial Critique Has Contemporary Relevance

In recent years, American novelist and playwright James Baldwin has come to occupy an increasingly prominent place in public thinking on race and democracy. Baldwin, who died in 1987, was a giant of his time but his continuing presence was largely relegated to the halls of specialists in Black thought and writing. However, that has changed. Baldwin and his masterful works have now been revived for a wider public. Today, writers are measured by his yardstick while books and

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