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Black Lit 2 - James Baldwin Going to Meet the Man

by: Kimberly Burke

Black Lit 2 - James Baldwin Going to Meet the Man EH 304

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Kimberly Burke
Jacksonville State University
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These are my in class notes for James Baldwin's Going to Meet the Man.
Survey of Black Literature 2
Dr. Felgar
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kimberly Burke on Tuesday October 18, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to EH 304 at Jacksonville State University taught by Dr. Felgar in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 3 views. For similar materials see Survey of Black Literature 2 in English at Jacksonville State University.


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Date Created: 10/18/16
Black Lit 2 – James Baldwin’s Going to Meet the Man  Very controversial story – resistance to gay, Black male narrating tale about straight, White male who can’t perform o Men feel threatened – self-confidence, security  How Jesse (central character) regains manhood – needs power  The man = white men – to Black people  Combines violence, politics, & sexuality  powerful imagination, understands too well  Pg.453 – feels sexually insecure, reduction of manhood o Insinuates that it’s his wife’s fault b/c if she were Black he would be aroused  No white person thought it was possible to rape Black women  Willing to do anything, anywhere – mistake silence for yes o Doesn’t see them as human beings – metaphor for uncontrolled passion o Hard day = trying to keep Blacks under control during civil rights  Pg.454-455 – hears car go by o Black students going to get formal education  This could hurt authority based on privilege of formal education  Formal education can make a huge difference  He didn’t go to college o Grace – suggestive name o Thinks he is a fine, upstanding person – told all his life that he & all white men are o Blacks starting to stick up for themselves – blame them & not his ignorance for problems o Animals = actually him, not the Blacks like he thinks  He’s the problem but blames the victim o Illusion that they aren’t upset – they couldn’t tell him to wait to see what comes later o They call him Mr. Jesse – but he calls them by their 1 name o Black people have had enough  Pg.456 – goes to call on Mrs. Julia Blossom o Grabs his privates after he kills Julia’s grandson  Remembers seeing the boy at Julia’s house  Boy wants the women called by their right name o Julia is married – no Black marriage was legal until after the Civil War  Legal marriage is important – like for inheritance  Pg.457 – when he thinks about Black women & violence to Black men, he gets aroused o Black male lynching victims were castrated – deny manhood  Pg. 459 – Flashback to boyhood & seeing a lynching  History o 10,000 lynchings documented o you could send postcards through post office with pictures of lynchings – government obviously didn’t care o newspapers published the results o train cars were added, find snacks later – lynchings were entertainment o played with Black kids as a little boy – learn to hate o lynch to intimidate Black community  pg.460-461 – lynch man without trial o ability to physically dominate another person – if you’re such a man why are you bringing so many men to hang 1 man o about to murder someone & she’s worried about getting her son a sweater & dress nicer  her husband likes that she’s dressing up  missing the point of what they’re doing  pg.463 – introducing the little boy to immoral lynching o makes him see this behavior as acceptable o sits son on shoulders to make sure he sees how society operates  pg.463-464 – castrate victim before he’s lynched & set on fire  pg.464-465 o sexual experience – remembering the violence o comes back to the present when Grace touches him o violence, sexuality, politics o regained masculinity by remembering emasculation of Black man


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