Analysis Of The Poem ' The Fire Next Time '

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Nvish Budiyan
African American Studies (024)
Response Paper: The Fire Next Time In the beginning of “The Fire Next Time”, James Baldwin writes a letter to his nephew telling him about his family’s roots and the world in which he was in born is not as wholesome as it may seem. The letter created many emotional challenges for Mr. Baldwin not because he had writers block but merely because he wanted to create a perfect understanding on what he wishes to share to his nephew, also what he hopes his nephew will get is a understanding what role he plays as an African American in the new era he lives in. Throughout the letter Mr. Baldwin talks about the dynamic history of African Americans in America. He brings up issues of racism and feminism to demonstrate American is not as written on paper as “Land of liberty and freedom”. In this essay I will be elaborating on my beliefs as well as Mr.Baldwin’s towards his points of the evolution of African Americans in a “white” America. Mr. Baldwin tells his nephew how he is born into a land where African Americans are not treated equal, which ultimately will create obstacles for him in his future. He will need to work harder to thrive than any white man will have to for the same goals. “I know what the world has done to my brother… which I accuse my country and my countrymen and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, …destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do not know it and do not
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