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Eddie Glaude: Baldwin teaches us to "confront the lie" and "tell the truth" on racism in the U.S.

Democracy Now!

July 27th 2020

In 1963, James Baldwin spoke about federally-backed urban renewal programs, describing the efforts as "negro removal" programs. "That is what it means," said Baldwin. "And the federal government is an accomplice to this fact." That same year, four little girls — Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Carol Denise McNair — were brutally murdered in Birmingham, Alabama, in a violent white supremacist terrorist attack, now known as the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Princeton professor Eddie Glaude says that there are still many lessons to learn from James Baldwin's words from that time. "He insisted that we tell the truth about who we are and what we have done," says Glaude, "that we put aside the myths and illusions and understand what white supremacy has done in terms of disfiguring and distorting the character of this nation." #DemocracyNow Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9AM ET: https://democracynow.org Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today: https://democracynow.org/donate FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: YouTube: http://youtube.com/democracynow Facebook: http://facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: https://twitter.com/democracynow Instagram: http://instagram.com/democracynow SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/democracynow iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/democracy-now!-audio/id73802554 Daily Email Digest: https://democracynow.org/subscribe


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