Posted on November 28, 2018
As I wrote my rhetorical analysis, which by the way I felt was the hardest assignment on this course, I got to know a lot about African American community here in the United States and everything they have gone through. When I was writing my essay and was looking for points that I can form my body paragraph on, the last paragraph of Baldwin’s essay really caught my eye. Though his essay primarily focuses on the role of an artist and how society must be more welcoming towards them. But in the last paragraph he reminds the readers about the horrors and pain the African American community had to endure not only in the United States but across the world. They were subject to such harsh racism and cruelties that life was made miserable for them.
Baldwin in this regard talks about how a nation will never be able to shy away from their past. This is very true. It is difficult for a person to forget their past and nations are alike. Whenever history is recalled or when kids are taught history in school, this dark period will always be remembered, and this will keep on happening as newer generations start going to school and learning more about the past of their country. His essay got me thinking whether the United States is the most powerful country in the world. Even though we have come a long way from the 1950’s but are still on the right path with abolishing racial discrimination?
Baldwins essay has really taught me to appreciate artists for who they are and what they do. It takes a lot for an individual to voice out their opinion with the fear that they can be suppressed and thrown into prison. Though it is evident from history that artists are the ones that have the power to bring everyone together.