I Am Not Your Negro: Don’t Face, Don’t Change


“There are days, this is one of them, when you wonder what your role is in this country and what your future is in it. How precisely you’re going to reconcile yourself to your situation here and how you are going to communicate to the vast, heedless, unthinking, cruel white majority that you are here. I’m terrified at the moral apathy – the death of the heart – which is happening in my country. These people have deluded themselves for so long that they really don’t think I’m human.”

So I could say, speaking about the interaction I had with some “friends” recently, but it is James Baldwin who wrote these words, decades ago. I saw Baldwin in the excellent documentary “I Am Not Your Negro”. (Actually Baldwin said “nigger”, but that was too much for PC America, although it’s just a matter of switching from English, to Latin with a typo…)

Baldwin Gave The Philosophical Back-Up The Civil Right Movement Needed. Baldwin Was Very Close To The Main (Assassinated) Actors, MLK, Malcom X, Evers, Who Were Younger

James Baldwin (left) Gave The Philosophical Back-Up The Civil Right Movement Needed. Baldwin Was Very Close To The Main (Assassinated) Actors, Martin Luther King (right), Malcolm X, Evers, Who Were Younger

WHAT YOU CAN’T FACE, YOU CAN’T CHANGE: Call that the most human principle.

Obscurantist idiots prone to call everybody they disagree with, a racist, can’t get it: facing what you need to change is the opposite of (the usual interpretation of) Politically Correct they subscribe to. PC, or Perfect Cretinism, consists in believing that, if it feels good, it’s right. Little do idiots understand that what feels good, in the long-term, and the deepest way, ought to be right, to start with. Evolution, sustainability, reality and morality are closely related. That’s why Political Correctness is, fundamentally, immoral.

This basic principle, In The Face When Up To Change,  is indeed the driving choice that created, evolutionarily speaking, humanity itself. In particular, science and philosophy. I went to see the documentary made by a Haitian, part of it wonderfully narrated by Samuel Jackson, of the philosopher James Baldwin. Baldwin put it thus: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

They actually deluded themselves for so long that they really don’t think that they are human

“I Am Not Your Negro” is not just a movie about race relations, as most US commentators will pretend. It’s actually hilarious what bad faith – or is it just stupidity?- US mainstream commentators exhibit when some pretend that  I Am Not Your Negro is just about negroes. It’s not, it’s about the USA.

I have written down a lot of the ideas shown in the I Am Not Your Negro, not knowing Baldwin wrote them before. Those things are often seen as racist. This is how deluded the USA, and in particular the pseudo-left, has become. Baldwin, who was older, inspired Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and many others. As far as I can see, he is the best, deepest US philosopher.  

Patrice Ayme’

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7 Responses to “I Am Not Your Negro: Don’t Face, Don’t Change”

  1. richard reinhofer Says:

    “it’s about the USA.”

    Great point Patrice, it’s a mirror not a window.

    And mirrors (Der Spiegel) have been all over my news feeds these last weeks. Are you familiar with their article about the EU needing to defend themselves against the US?


    • Gmax Says:

      Anti US defense sounds like a great idea


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Thanks Richard. That’s what jumped at me. The movie is totally about the US. “Race” just reveals (part of) the problem. Baldwin said explictly the prosperity rested on “millions killed”.

      No, I was not aware of that article. I do believe that the state of defense in Europe is grotesque (and thus a collaboration by infamy…) Clearly, Trump does not like EU (regulations!) However, much of it is tough love…


  2. Gmax Says:

    Fantastic movie!!!#! I will see it again, and also read Baldwin. Lots sounded just like you. Did you read him before?


  3. Gmax Says:

    BTW, seems like you have a typo when you speak about US COMMENTER. ONE NOT TOO MANY


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