The Fire Next Time” essay (Example)

The Fire Next Time” essay (Example)

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Name: University: Course: Professor: The Fire Next Time The book by James Baldwin is one that elaborates on the racial tensions that had been prevailing in America at the time. In his book he tries to show the people a new perspective and to show them the need for integration. The first part of the book is a letter to his nephew James. The second part is also a letter where he describes how over time his perspectives had been changing (Baldwin and Morrison). He touches on the prevalent issues at the time; race religion and violence. The first part My Dungeon Shook-Letter to my nephew Baldwin tries to explain to his nephew what type of a society he would have to grow up in and how it would impact his life. Baldwin is skeptical of this society ever evolving and changing from its old ways. In the end feels that the oppressed should not respond with anger and vengeance but with love and understanding. Baldwin’s rhetoric sounds angry but in a subtle way. He puts out different scenarios where the white majority has oppressed the African Americans and even prepares his nephew for the much racist society. He is pessimistic about the future and for this reason dedicates his letter to James warning him of the hardships he will face during his time. He is unsure of whether these two racial antagonists will one day integrate and become one. This book is so relevant to the issues of racism that still exist in our society. James Baldwin just like the current activists advocated for equality among races and that is a challenge the society has not completely dealt with. In all essence racism still exists. Works Cited Baldwin James and Toni Morrison. Collected Essays.The Library of America  1998. []