Relatively Conscious: The Enduring Rage of Baldwin and the Education of a White Southern Baptist Queer

Jon-Marc McDonald

Abstract


Delivered in Paris at the 2016 International James Baldwin Conference just two weeks before the killing of 49 individuals at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida on 26 June 2016, “Relatively Conscious” explores, through the eyes of an LGBT American and the words of James Baldwin, how separate and unequal life remains for so many within the United States. Written in the tradition of memoir, it recounts how, just as Paris saved Baldwin from himself, the writer’s life was transformedupon the discovery of Baldwin.


Keywords


James Baldwin, LGBT, gay, religion, Christianity, Southern Baptist Convention

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7227/JBR.2.9

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