In Baldwin’s third essay, he claims “A ghetto can be improved in one way only: out of existence” (65). In his third essay he also claims that the three realities of the western fabric are “religion, tradition, and imperialism, and in none of these realities had the lives of black men been taken into account” (45). How does this idea of the ghetto as a social and physical construct relate to the idea of America as an imperialist nation? Is America, in effect, attempting to colonize itself? Are ghettos a perpetuation of White imperialist thought? How does this relate to city living today, as well as concepts such as redlining?
- Conor Amrien