A Letter to My Nephew

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This letter explains the hard

This letter explains the hard work of African Americans and all they went through to have their freedom today. It explains, the way someone may view you because of your skin color and the negative comments you may come across.

Juliana Gomez 172 days ago

Ta nehisi Coates did the same

Ta nehisi Coates did the same thing writing a essay to his Son, it's a must for Black fathers, or Uncles to write to their sons and worn them about this country that has slaughtered back people since it's inception, great letter, every white person should definitely read this letter and every black Parent should definitely write a letter like this to their children!

Sal Flanagan more than 1 year ago

This letter was written with

This letter was written with so much passion and love. The order in which the words were put to form these sentences are so powerful. It makes you view mankind real reality, and all the hate cause by each other. I believe every family of color should use this letter has a base to have the "racism" conversation with their young ones. It's a conversation which isn't easy, but is a must for them to succeed in life; having a better understanding of the challenges they may face on their path to a successful life. This letter explains everything with loving words and inspires you to be proud of your heritage. This letter explains the hard work of African Americans and all they went through to have their freedom today. It explains, the way someone may view you because of your skin color and the negative comments you may come across. But at the end this letter provide hope!

Avenesh Ramrup more than 1 year ago

It wasn't "his country" that

It wasn't "his country" that set him down in a ghetto. It was his mother and father.

Dave Gingrich more than 1 year ago

Baldwin's letter moved me

Baldwin's letter moved me enough to pen a latter day version called The Fire This Time. Twas 1999. I was in college. My two younger brothers were 12 and 14. There was no talk about race in America the way the topic has come back en vogue in 2015. Then, I felt the very grievances being chartered today but, at 22-23 years old, there wasn't the atmosphere to speak out about them. I would have been whining. So I wrote letters to James Baldwin pondering what had transpired about race and social conscience, the 40 years in the American wilderness between his lifetime and the approaching millennium. To hear what the letter sounded like, Google the phrase, "James Baldwin Down on The Cross". Should be the first video that comes up... My hero.

oronde ash more than 1 year ago

With the death of 62 black

With the death of 62 black people at this present time, this letter was a prophecy. How can we hate because of a skin color.

Fred Carroll II more than 2 years ago

This is the high moral road

This is the high moral road to national wholeness on matters of race the African American tradition offers us. Will we rise to the invitation in this great opportunity the suffering and protest forces now put before us? Deep deep in my heart I want it to be so, and pledge to turn my life actions to that direction.

Lisel Burns more than 2 years ago

Nowadays this is referred to

Nowadays this is referred to as "the talk" black adults must have with their children to enable them to navigate a racist society without being killed or incarcerated. Baldwin's "forgive them for they no not what they do" approach of accepting white people with their racist baggage is indeed enlightened and probably too generous. Most of the black progress of the last fifty years is not "black progress" at all but white people's progress at accepting black humanity. We have only begun to scratch the surface in this regard.

JackAttack more than 2 years ago

What a beautiful letter from

What a beautiful letter from such a great mind.

Raj Murali more than 2 years ago

Great read. Appropriate for

Great read. Appropriate for today. The fact that bitterness was not in control, but himself. Love came through.

Catherine Colby more than 2 years ago

I wish every white person

I wish every white person could not only read but perceive the true message about him/herself in this letter. LOVE is the answer of which he speaks here; not some magical solution.

Dr. Corrine R. Donley more than 2 years ago

I like the generosity of the

I like the generosity of the heart and the intelligent insight of this letter. More than half a century has passed since then, and these words can still be applied to the present situation in the United States, where the mentality of most people does not seem to have changed much. It should make white people think about superiority and inferiority of races!!!

Giusy Oddo more than 2 years ago

What a powerful and deeply

What a powerful and deeply felt statement. How very sad we have not learned from the past. Thank you, Progressive, for posting.

Lady of the Mountains more than 2 years ago

it is a beautiful letter and

it is a beautiful letter and i love the pure emotion of it

damien more than 2 years ago

I love the intimacy and the

I love the intimacy and the sincere concern overall, that Love, become His Nephew James' Conquering Force, and rather then, to resist the spirit of bitterness, which could undoutedly defeat his mission and his charge. I was also moved as the Poet pointed to the significance of not falling victim to EMOTION, but instead, Surrendering to Love for Victory. LUKE 10:27 The Greatest Gift of them All. LOVE NEVER FAILS.

rire more than 2 years ago

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