James Baldwin said of Giovanni’s Room, a book peopled completely by white people, concerned largely with what were then perceived as aberrant views of sexuality, ‘‘I certainly could not possibly have — not at that point in my life — handled the other great weight, the ‘Negro problem.’ The sexual-moral light was a hard thing to deal with. I could not handle both propositions in the same book. There was no room for it,’’ he said.
White women have had it better than almost anyone. We’ve had it better than everyone but white men. We’ve had it just good enough, that it is easier, less scary, to just play along. We’ve had it good enough, that, right now, we feel capable of anger without as much fear for how we might be punished later on.
…e record that I did and still do pledge to find that person who makes me feel like no one else can. I won’t pretend that being single and childless was my choice in order to make you feel comfortable with my circumstance.