Quotation by James Baldwin

European society has always been divided into classes in a way that American society never has been. A European writer considers himself to be part of an old and honorable tradition—of intellectual activity, of letters—and his choice of a vocation does not cause him any uneasy wonder as to whether or not it will cost him all his friends. But this tradition does not exist in America.
James Baldwin (1924–1987), U.S. author. "The Discovery of What it Means to be an American," Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son, Dial (1961).
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