Baldwin on the Color Curtain

The American situation is very peculiar and it may be without precedent in the world No curtain under heaven is heavier than that curtain of guilt and lies behind which white Americans hide. That curtain may prove to be yet more deadly to the lives of human beings than that Iron Curtain of which we speak so much, and know so little. The American curtain is color. Color. White men have used this word, this concept.

—James Baldwin

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