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Claudia Roth Pierpont

Each of Us Contains the Other:
James Baldwin’s Steadfast Morality

Growing up in Harlem in the ’20s and ’30s, James Baldwin had no shortage of reasons to fear the police and to hate the wider white population. In the early ’40s, when he was turned away from a New Jersey diner—the American Diner, no less—he wanted to kill the waitress who told him “We don’t serve Negroes here.”


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2023

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