James Baldwin (writer) Essay | Notes of a Native Son

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Notes of a Native Son

Summary: Twenty-four year old James Baldwin, a black writer so enraged at the racism to which he was subjected during a visit to New Jersey that he believed he was about to commit murder, left the United States for Paris, France. Reflecting on his decision in a 1985 interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Baldwin made it clear that his relocation did not indicate agreement with the jingoistic sentiments of any catchphrase such as America: Love It or Leave It".
America: love it or leave it" was a popular slogan in the 1960s. Plastered on signs and bumper stickers, the phrase was a response to the people, most of them young college students, who loudly and angrily protested America's involvement in Vietnam, inviting the wrath of those who believed that one's country deserved the unconditional support of the citizenry no matter how questionable the actions of the government.

Two decades earlier, twenty-four year old James Baldwin, a black writer so enraged at the racism to which he was subjected during a visit to New Jersey that he believed he was about to commit murder, left the United States for Paris, France. Reflecting on his decision in a 1985 interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Baldwin made it clear that his relocation did not indicate agreement with the jingoistic sentiments of any catchphrase. "America is my country...

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