Exploration 2

I decided to work on James Baldwin’s quote which is as follows :

It comes as a great shock…to discover that the flag to which you have pledged allegiance…has not pledged allegiance to you. It comes as a great shock to see Gary Cooper killing off the Indians, and although you are rooting for Gary Cooper, that the Indians are you.

Personally, I understand it as your country not accepting you the way you are and even tho it is your home country you still can not feel comfortable and secure living in. Having more thoughts on the quote, I realised that I do familiarise with it in a way that I moved countries over a year ago and I want to be accepted in the UK as well just like each of us. I think after all the years of peace and actual acceptance of diversity and so on, the disrespectful behaviours towards people with different backgrounds accumulated to a really significant part of our society. Back in the days which Baldwin is mentioning when Western movies were showing brutal violence and constant conflict between people from the same country, which should definitely not happen. While doing my research I found an interesting website which clarifies, more or less, his point of view to me:

It comes as a great shock to discover that the country which is your birthplace and to which your life and identity has not, in its whole system of reality, evolved any place for you. The disaffection and the gap between people, only on the basis of their skins, begins there and accelerates throughout your whole lifetime. You realize that you are 30 and you are having a terrible time. You have been through a certain kind of mill and the most serious effect is again not the catalogue of disaster–the policeman, the taxi driver, the waiters, the landlady, the banks, the insurance companies, the millions of details 24 hours of every day which spell out to you that you are a worthless human being. It is not that. By that time you have begun to see it happening in your daughter, your son or your niece or your nephew. You are 30 by now and nothing you have done has helped you escape the trap. But what is worse is that nothing you have done, and as far as you can tell nothing you can do, will save your son or your daughter from having the same disaster and from coming to the same end.

As I’ve previously said, I feel (sort of) familiar with the quote. In my outcome, I want to include my background since all the backgrounds would be impossible to catch at one page. I want to show the diversity and somehow connect the rest of society with the following minority.

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