(via The Elephant in Our Room)
LOS ANGELES — A central insight of James Baldwin’s writing had to do with the way racism diminished the racist as much or more than his victim. Ironically, Baldwin may have first realized this in his relationship with his step-father, a black man who thought Baldwin was physically ugly and that the attention and accolades he received in school — where he was immediately recognized as exceptional — were not to be taken at face value.
The Walkman was released 35 years ago today. Watch kids react to the music device with shock and horror.