The Fire Next Time By James Baldwin Essay

771 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
The book “The Fire Next Time,” by James Baldwin, was a novel that gave me a great insight into the chaos that was going on in America during the 1960’s. The way Baldwin describes the aggravation felt by all African Americans during this time period made me feel like I was personally experiencing it with them. From the financial and social hardships they faced, it was never an easy life for people of color. If it was not for the many lives risked and lost for their equality, America would not be where we are today.
I think it is still important for American education systems to teach books with racial disparity like this because there is still social and racial injustice today. Although it is not to the severity and extent that it was back then, if people don’t make a change things might turn back to the way they were. Those people did not fight that hard to let it go to waste. The right to vote was just one small step, but even that was not enough. Although it was documented as a law, the States were not following the rules. Racial inequality was still a huge problem all over the country. This is when the Civil Rights movement came into play, and people like Baldwin stepped in. In 2008, something happened that not many people would have ever envisioned actually coming true. The 44th President of the United States was Barack Obama, the first African American President. This was another large milestone for African Americans all across the country. Because we voted in a black…

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