Printed by permission from Hampton Roads Magazine | By Tom Robotham
When I was in graduate school, I wrote a paper about the role of white “liberals” in the Civil Rights movement. The gist of my argument was that in some respects they were a greater hindrance to the advancement of liberty than dyedin-the-wool bigots were. To illustrate my point, I told a story of a meeting between Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and several African-American leaders, including James Baldwin. At one point, Kennedy told the group that he was sympathetic to their cause but that they needed to be “patient.”
“We’ve been patient for 400 years,” Baldwin said.
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