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This seamless, gorgeous compilation of Baldwin's notes in preparation for Remember This House - a book, tragically, he never finished - is an essential companion to the painstaking documentary of the same name. A vital insight into an America of the past, the present and the future.
This book is basically the notes, essays, letters etc etc that James Baldwin had planned to pull together for his book 'Remember this House' which remained unfinished at the time of his death.
These notes where then pulled together by Raoul Peck and resulted in the I Am Not Your Negro documentary.
It's a very quick read, for me I would prefer to watch the documentary, and I will do, however it did slightly build upon the Martin Luther King / Malcom X book that I read last year so it was worthwhile.
With all going on in the USA right now (re- police profiling and killing of black people) and the resulting worldwide movement that have sprung and gained momentum, this book sheds some light that will help people have the necessary conversations around race. Evil continues because good people remain silent! Black, brown, white, red, whatever colour (shouldn’t really be saying this as we’re the human race and shouldn’t be defined by colour) , get yourselves some books on the subject.
The author states he loved John Wayne films when he was young; until, that is, he realised he was the Indians. It’s a different perspective on life & America, from a black man’s point of view. It’s a short easy read & so a great introduction to this author, as recommended to me by someone on Twitter. Recommended.
As a Baldwin fan, I was eager to read more about the history of Black Americans, and although this has some relevant and very timely messages, it is barely more than a slim compilation of notes, seemingly random in sequence - it took about an hour to read. As such, I’m sure the film will prove a better bet for your money, as the intent of the project is good. Reading any one of Baldwin’s Books will give an insight into the historical violence, injustice and inhumanity that many black people in the US have been, and still are, forced to endure.
I felt I needed to read this book to understand more clearly what is meant by white privilege and it has enlightened me. However, I found the read very dense especially about feminism. I've needed to read it twice to sift out the relevant information.