In Baldwin’s “Notes of a Native Son,” focus on the quote below as a method or process that should be used in achieving better race relations today. Do you think this quote serves as a good approach for dealing with prejudices and ignorance today; conversely, do you feel that Zirin’s message along with the actions of celebrities such as Lebron James and Colin Kaepernick have departed from this idea, and are moving instead in a direction that leans towards Baldwin’s father and his message of hatred and contempt?
the quote is: “The first idea was acceptance, the acceptance, totally without rancor,
of life as it is, ad men as they are: in the light of this idea, it goes without saying
that injustice is a commonplace. But this did not mean that one could be
complacent, for the second idea was of equal power; that one must never, in one’s
own life, accept these injustices as commonplace but must fight them with all one’s
Two examples should come from Baldwin’s essay to illustrate how he moves towards the ideas expressed in the above quote.
The two essays needed to be used as sources are James Baldwin “Notes of a Native Son” and Dave Zirin “Pre-Game”
A scholarly journal also needs to be used as a source.