James Baldwin Wisdom

Recently I was in New York City. Where I stayed was nearby to a former residence of writer and civil rights activist, James Baldwin.

There’s a lot of Baldwin’s story that has taught me and touched me over the years (the movie, I Am Not Your Negro, is potent — thx Quanita Roberson for introducing me to it).

There are two particular quotes that I find poignantly centering. About change and about equity.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed,
but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” 

“We can disagree and still love each other
unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression
and denial of my humanity
and right to exist.” 

Yes, appreciating this fierce sweetness in it’s context, and, in the many other contexts that need such wisdom.

A bow.

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