A Quote by James Baldwin on children, day, death, doubt, fear, hatred, impossibility, joy, life, love, men, murder, past, sorrow, trust, and women

[The Negro past] of rope, fire, torture, castration, infanticide, rape; death and humiliation; fear by day and night, fear as deep as the marrow of the bone; doubt that he was worthy of life, since everyone around him denied it; sorrow for his women, for his kinfolk, for his children, who needed his protection, and whom he could not protect; rage, hatred and murder, hatred for white men so deep that it often turned against him and his own, and made all love, all trust, all joy impossible.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

Source: The Fire Next Time, 1963

Contributed by: Zaady