Baldwin - Going to Meet the Man.docx

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Department
English
Course
ENG364Y1
Professor
Scott Rayter
Semester
Winter

Description
James Baldwin, “Going to Meet the Man” - Writes at same time as Civil Rights trouble - Story about masculinity – coming of age story - Who is the man? The man hung & burned at the end? Jesse? Father? Law? - Writing about white objectivity – why? - “The negro problem” – “racism” – real problem is whites doing this – not a “black” problem - Goes right to core of issue - Systematic racism - Jesse’s experience victimizes him too – culture impacts white people too - Flashbacks: 1. Today at civil protests – songs are always key 2. Black customers & ripping them off 3. Lynching – foreplay to parents having sex - Story of sexual awake
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