I saw this picture on a James Baldwin tumblr and realized that the message is super relevant in our current society. Before this class, I didn’t necessarily think about a lot of the issues Baldwin brings up as much as I should have, and now that my mind is more fine tuned I’ve been noticing a lot more than I did before. It’s kind of hard for me to feel like America is this great place when I’ve read The Fire Next Time and still see some of the problems mentioned occurring around the city. James Baldwin has also been the inspiration for a lot of really productive conversations I’ve had lately. For example, a couple weeks ago I was outside Hunter College and I started talking to this homeless man about racist propaganda and social stereotyping in the media because I was thinking about it writing one of our papers. This class has definitely been influential in me branching out to learn more about things that I was blind to before.