Alison Garwood Jones

James Baldwin

January 29, 2018

James Baldwin cartoon by Alison Garwood-JonesWhen the going gets tough, the weak blame.
It appears to be a human default setting.
I often dream of good deeds,
And individually extracting myself from the white man’s shitty record on race.
“But you can’t,” Ta-Nehisi Coates told a podscast audience I was part of …
“Any more than I can get out of being black.”
OK then, this I know: putting others down to raise yourself Up lowers everyone.
Look, it’s burning up my fair countenace with frustration that this madness persists!
If democracy is civilized disagreement,
Then I disagree with history’s stance on race.
Get some new thoughts, fair ones.

Cartoon Bubble Sources:

I Am Not Your Negro, by Raoul Peck
Remember This House, an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin
The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
WTF Podcast with Marc Maron, Episode 878.



One response to “James Baldwin”

  1. Just beautiful. The strip and the post. Thank you!

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