James Baldwin Quote

The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their "vital interests" are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the "sanctity" of human life, or the "conscience" of the civilized world.


From chapter one of The Devil Finds Work (orig. pub. 1976), reprinted in The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985

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The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their...

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The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their...

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The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their...

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The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their...