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Jesmyn Ward – The Fire This Time : A New Generation Speaks about Race

Eine der Autorinnen, auf die ich in den Essays 2021 aufmerksam geworden bin. Auch dies ist wieder eine Essaysammlung mit weiteren Autorinnen und Autoren, die es zu lesen lohnt. Der Titel spielt an auf The Fire Next Time von James Baldwin

The first essay, originally appearing in The Progressive magazine in 1962 and titled „My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation“, is a letter to Baldwin’s nephew in which he compares his nephew to the men in their family including Baldwin’s brother and father. He tells his nephew about America’s ability to destroy Black men and challenges his nephew to convert his anger due to mistreatment as a Black man into having a passionate and broad outlook on the African-American experience.

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