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James Baldwin on Michael Jackson

The Michael Jackson cacophony is fascinating in that it is not about Jackson at all. I hope he has the good sense to know it and the good fortune to snatch his life out of the jaws of a carnivorous success. He will not swiftly be forgiven for having turned so many tables, for he damn sure grabbed the brass ring, and the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo has nothing on Michael.


All that noise is about America, as the dishonest custodian of black life and wealth; the blacks, especially males, in America; and the burning, buried American guilt; and sex and sexual roles and sexual panic; money, success and despair--to all of which may now be added the bitter need to find a head on which to place the crown of Miss America.

Freaks are called freaks and are treated as they are treated--in the main, abominably--because they are human beings who cause to echo, deep within us, our most profound terrors and desires.



- James Baldwin, "Here Be Dragons" (1985)

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luvleelocs
Jun. 26th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
*STANDING EFFIN OVATION*
chiraljhae
Jun. 26th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
WOW
putaweekonit
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
i think i'm OVERdiggin james baldwin now *tear*
i'm taking "nobody knows my name" to work now. fuck my boss
nepthys_12
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
That was profound. Especially this part "Freaks are called freaks and are treated as they are treated--in the main, abominably--because they are human beings who cause to echo, deep within us, our most profound terrors and desires". Damn
masteradept
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
*adds to his list of profound statements*

cjs1981
Jun. 26th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Go tell it on the mountain, James!
stoichiometric
Jun. 27th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
James Baldwin is seriously one of my most favorite writers.
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