James Baldwin On Segregation

James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) The question is really a kind of apathy and ignorance, which is the price we pay for segregation. That’s what segregation means. You don’t know what’s happening on the other side of the wall, because you don’t want to know.

James Baldwin On Poets

James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) The poets (by which I mean all artists) are finally the only people who know the truth about us. Soldiers don’t. Statesmen don’t. Priests don’t. Union leaders don’t. Only poets.