James Baldwin Quote

 — you have to decide who you are, and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.

 

— James Baldwin

The Last Interview, 2014

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Quote in Context:

 

“All you are ever told in this country about being black is that it is a terrible, terrible thing to be. Now, in order to survive this, you have to really dig down into yourself and recreate yourself, really, according to no image which yet exists in America. You have to impose, in face — this may sound very strange — you have to decide who you are, and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.”

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