The broad question, of course, is how does Prof. Glaude see Baldwin’s works, especially 1963-1972, as valuable political
thought for African Americans seeking to navigate a progressive way forward beyond Trump and Trumpism? Prof. Glaude
notes the great disappointment that Baldwin felt after the white conservative backlash to the Civil Rights movement/era and its
accomplishments. In history, African Americans felt a similar despair, disappointment following the collapse of Reconstruction and
the emergence of Jim Crow, lynching and racial denial.
Prof. Glaude is highlighting the horror, in terms of racism and white supremacist thought that accompanies Trumpism and in many ways are
at the heart of it. The fascinating question posed by Prof. Glaude, is what can we take from Baldwin’s works and activism, to propell us
forward in what looks like a bleak future.