James Baldwin Reappeared Just When We Needed Him Most : NPR: More than once this week I've caught myself reading yet another news story about Donald Sterling or Cliven Bundy, wondering what it means for me, a black gay man, to exist in America at the same time as men like them. Have they been thinking about people like me just as intensely as I, for the past few days at least, have been thinking about them? Are Sterling and Bundy privately wringing their hands? Or are they cursing America for eavesdropping on their bigotry?
I have no answers, only more questions, which is why I'm so grateful for the recent publication of a collection of poems by James Baldwin.