What truth sounds like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and our unfinished conversation about race in America

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"In 1963 Attorney General Robert Kennedy sought out James Baldwin to explain the rage that threatened to engulf black America. Baldwin brought along some friends, including playwright Lorraine Hansberry, psychologist Kenneth Clark, and a valiant activist, Jerome Smith. It was Smith's relentless, unfiltered fury that set Kennedy on his heels, reducing him to sullen silence. Kennedy walked away from the nearly three-hour meeting angry - that the black folk assembled didn't understand politics, and that they weren't as easy to talk to as Martin Luther King. But especially that they were more interested in witness than policy. But Kennedy's anger quickly gave way to empathy, especially for Smith. "I guess if I were in his shoes...I might feel differently about this country." Kennedy set about changing policy - the meeting having transformed his thinking in fundamental ways. There was more: every big argument about race that persists to this day got a hearing in that room. Smith declaring that he'd never fight for his country given its racist tendencies, and Kennedy being appalled at such lack of patriotism, tracks the disdain for black dissent in our own time. His belief that black folk were ungrateful for the Kennedys' efforts to make things better shows up in our day as the charge that black folk wallow in the politics of ingratitude and victimhood. The contributions of black queer folk to racial progress still cause a stir. BLM has been accused of harboring a covert queer agenda. The immigrant experience, like that of Kennedy - versus the racial experience of Baldwin - is a cudgel to excoriate black folk for lacking hustle and ingenuity. The questioning of whether folk who are interracially partnered can authentically communicate black interests persists."
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subject_facetAfrican American civil rights workers -- History -- 20th century
African Americans -- Intellectual life
Baldwin, James, -- 1924-1987 -- Influence
Civil rights movements -- United States
Cocktail parties -- New York (State) -- New York
Cocktail parties -- New York (State) -- New York City
DIGITAL COMPACT DISC
Intercultural communication -- United States -- Case studies
Kennedy, Robert F., -- 1925-1968 -- Friends and associates
Smith, Jerome -- (Freedom Rider), -- 1949- -- Influence
Smith, Jerome, -- (Freedom Rider), -- 1949- -- Influence
United States -- Race relations
title_displayWhat truth sounds like : Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and our unfinished conversation about race in America
title_fullWhat Truth Sounds Like Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America
What truth sounds like : Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and our unfinished conversation about race in America / Michael Eric Dyson
What truth sounds like : Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and our unfinished conversation about race in America [electronic resource] / Michael Eric Dyson
title_shortWhat truth sounds like
title_subRobert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and our unfinished conversation about race in America
topic_facetAfrican American Nonfiction
African American civil rights workers
African Americans
Baldwin, James
Biography & Autobiography
Civil rights movements
Cocktail parties
Friends and associates
History
Influence
Intellectual life
Intercultural communication
Kennedy, Robert F
Nonfiction
Race relations
Smith, Jerome