In his second essay titled “Princes and Powers,” James Baldwin says something very profound about shared experiences regarding those within the diaspora. On page 29, he says “What, in sum, black men held in common was their ache to come into the world as men. And this ache united people who might otherwise have been divided as to what a man should be.”
What does Baldwin mean when he says this? What is this other idea about what a man should be that divides people even within races? Is this shared idea of wanting to control the world’s vision of themselves strong enough to unite a people?