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A Talk To Teachers James Baldwin

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Kailani Cotton

on 20 October 2015

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Transcript of A Talk To Teachers James Baldwin

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.
Born August 2, 1924 in New York, James Baldwin was an essayist, playwright, and novelist. He wrote books such as
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Giovanni's Room
, and
Just Above My Head
just to name a few. In his works he broke literary ground with his exploration of racial and social issues.
James Baldwin
Baldwin starts off by talking about how the purpose of an education is to instill in a person the ability to observe the world and find his/ her own identity. However in a white dominant society, that ability has been taken away from those of color. Yet in the end it is the white man who has ultimately lost grips on reality by creating this myth that blacks have no worth or identity.
Primary Claim (s)
Even though children my not know how to describe the things around them, they know what's going on and learn by observing.

School curriculum should not be limited to educating the whites but also the blacks.

The ability to create an identity has been taken away from the blacks by the white society.

By: Kailani Cotton
A Talk To Teachers :James Baldwin
I personally really enjoyed reading this essay. It was enticing and it held a lot of truths. Baldwin did a great job in making his points understandable for the reader.
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