Two Quotes, Related and Still Sadly Relevant


“This is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen, and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, that they have destroyed and are destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do not know it and do not want to know it.” -James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963)

“History is what hurts, it is what refuses desire and sets inexorable limits to individual as well as collective praxis which its “ruses” turn into grisly and ironic reversals of their overt intention.” Frederic Jameson, The Political Unconscious (1982)