“To be a Negro in this country is really… never to be looked at. What white people see when they look at you is not visible. What they do see when they do look at you is what they have invested you with. What they have invested you with is all the agony, and pain, and the danger, and the passion, and the torment — you know, sin, death, and hell — of which everyone in this country is terrified.” –James Baldwin
The first time I learned about lynching was when I was 19 years old and I had just heard “Strange Fruit” for the first time.
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