The Fire Next Time By James Baldwin Essay

1183 Words Nov 10th, 2016 5 Pages
In James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time,” Baldwin scrutinizes American society and deteriorating race relations. He implores a new level of communication and understanding between black and white Americans. In his two essays, Baldwin discusses his experience as an African American and how Christianity has led to oppression of differing people. Collectively, Baldwin illustrates an alternative way for his nephew, moreover the black community, to address their anger and outrage with white Americans. Baldwin’s writing inspired many people facing the “Negro Problem” to rethink the relationship with their white counterparts. Today, reading Baldwin’s carefully crafted work still helps Americans broaden their perspective. Aspects of Baldwin’s writing remind me of things America is still experiencing today. In a letter to his nephew James, Baldwin prepares James for living his life as a black American. Baldwin’s overarching purpose for the letter is encompassed in his statement, “Any upheaval in the universe is terrifying because it so profoundly attacks one’s sense of one’s own reality” (9 Baldwin). Here, Baldwin is talking about white Americans’ fear of change. For centuries, America was led by an alpha white society that held little regard for the black people forced to live here. Little has changed since the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and Baldwin reasons that society hasn’t changed because white people haven’t let it, fearing dramatic change in their everyday lives.…

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