Love your Baldwin references and quotes.

Susan Sontag, the late, great artist/author made this very Baldwin-like statement in 1967:

If America is the culmination of Western white civilization, as everyone from the Left to the Right declares, then there must be something terribly wrong with Western white civilization. This is a painful truth; few of us want to go that far…. The truth is that Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary government, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Marx, Balanchine ballets, et al., don’t redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world. The white race is the cancer of human history; it is the white race and it alone — its ideologies and inventions — which eradicates autonomous civilizations wherever it spreads, which has upset the ecological balance of the planet, which now threatens the very existence of life itself.[2]

Later, when she was widely criticized for this statement, Sontag immediately apologized — to cancer patients. She then admitted that she had not been clear enough in her statement. What she should have said, she said, is that “….the white race is a malignant cancer upon the world.”

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