Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Statement from the New Book THE CROSS OF REDEMPTION: Uncollected Writings By James Baldwin (Edited by Randall Kenan)--Pantheon Books, 2010

"Bobby Kennedy recently made me the soul-stirring promise that one day — thirty years if I'm lucky — I can be President too. It never entered this boy's mind, I suppose — it has not entered the country's mind yet — that perhaps I wouldn't want to be.… what really exercises my mind is not this hypothetical day on which some other Negro 'first' will become the first Negro president. What I am really curious about is just what kind of country will he be president of? "

--James Baldwin, 1961