A James Baldwin quote from 'Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris' (1970)

“I would not be a white American for all the tea in China, all the oil in Texas […] I really wouldn’t like to have to live with all those lies. This is what is irreducible and awful. You, the English, you, the French, you, the West, you, feel that there is something that you can do for me. That you can save know that I have endured long I cannot afford it anymore. Not another moment of your salvation. And that I can save you. I know something about you. You don’t know anything about me.”

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