baldwin pessimist law
to be a pessimist means that you have agreed that human life is an academic matter.. James Baldwin
got this from film .. i am not your negro.. more:
1:15 – the story of the negro in america is the story of america.. it is not a pretty story.. what can we do.. well.. i am tired.. i don’t know how it will come about.. i know that however it comes about .. it will be bloody.. hard..
1:16 – i still believe that we can do w this country something that has not been done before.. we are misled here.. because we think of numbers.. you don’t need numbers.. you need passion.. the tragedy is that most of the people who say they care about it do not care.. what they care about is their safety and their profits..
1:17 (showing incarceration images) the american way of life has failed to make people happier or make them better.. we do not want to admit this.. and we do not admit it.. we persist in believing that the empty and criminal among our children are the result of some miscalculation in the formula that can be corrected..
1:23 – (clip) i can’t be a pessimist.. because i’m alive.. to be a pessimist means that you have agreed that human life is an academic matter.. so i’m forced to be an optimist..
i am not your negro