Cornel West *80 speaks about supremacy and the likely white backlash eloquently and, in my opinion, pretty accurately (his recent interview in The Washington Post Magazine is a nice one). Professor Glaude, I don’t think basically calling any race ugly (“we have doubled down on the ugliness of whiteness”) is a good way to bring people together. I now reread your words: “Baldwin talked about categorizing ourselves — in terms of color, in terms of whiteness, in terms of being heterosexual — as a trap. He tried to disrupt the categories that get in the way of seeing the humanity of the person in front of us.” Hmm. Maybe we could “disrupt” with love while also positively inspiring people to come together? Yes, we can!
In Response to: Q&A: Professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr. *97 On James Baldwin and Today’s Protests Against Racism