James Baldwin's Letter

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Well-known American writer, James Baldwin, in his letter, “A letter to my nephew”, emphasizes white privilege and racism over black lives. Baldwin’s purpose is to express that if his nephew believes what all the white people say about him, he’ll never be his own person or break out of the stereotype set for him. He adopts a passionate almost paternal tone to appeal to his nephew and try and inform him of the type of world he is currently living in. Baldwin begins his letter by expressing the fact that he has started the same letter five times but cannot find the right words to express himself, which indicates the importance of this letter to him. By using the faces of his father and brother, he brings attention to the importance of history

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