Yes, we have come a long way. A very long way. But after watching the documentary, you might be surprised at how much has remained the same.
“What you say about somebody else, anybody else, reveals you. What I think of you as being. It’s dictated by my own necessity, my own psychology, my own fears and desires. I’m not describing you when I talk about you, I’m describing me.”
Some remarkable dialogue from “Take This Hammer” which illustrates Baldwin’s remarkable faith in man.
Young African-American kid: There ain’t gonna be no negro president of this country.
Baldwin: There will never be a negro president of this country. Why do you say that?
Kid: We can’t get jobs, how we gonna be a president?
Baldwin: Exactly. But, I want you to think about this. There will be a negro president of this country. But it will not be the country that we are sitting in now.
James Baldwin Take This Hammer Part 1
James Baldwin Take This Hammer Part 2
James Baldwin Take This Hammer Part 3