Quotation by James Baldwin

It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story.
James Baldwin (1924–1987), U.S. author. repr. in Notes of a Native Son, pt. 1 (1955). "Many Thousands Gone," Partisan Review (New Brunswick, Nov.-Dec. 1951).
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