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Notes of a Native Son Chapter Summary & Analysis - Encounter on the Seine: Black Meets Brown Summary

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Encounter on the Seine: Black Meets Brown Summary

Baldwin is living in Paris in the 1950s, and he claims that Negro entertainers find it harder to make a living in the city now, compared to thirty years ago. Only Negro entertainers can maintain unquestioning friendships with other Negroes. There is a deliberate isolation among the five hundred American Negroes living in Paris at the time, many of whom are studying at the famous Sorbonne on the G.I. Bill.

Being reminded of the conditions that prompted their being in Paris to begin with, Baldwin finds that American Negroes are ill at ease with meeting others like themselves. Coming to Paris is an exercise in escape, and any encounter with someone with the same goal not only defeats the purpose, but it also serves as a constant reminder of a difficult past. Baldwin also...

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