Introduction: Stumbling on our Past, Reflections on James Baldwin’s “My Dungeon Shook”
by Bernard Edelstein, MD
On the 60th anniversary of the publication of James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, the author reflects on White America’s ongoing disavowal of its history of racism. He explores a powerful wish to bury that which makes us uncomfortable, or ashamed, or which leads us to feel we must give up narratives that we have long held to be true. Drawing on a trip to Germany, he considers his own reluctance to acknowledge and face the damages of racism being committed on a daily, ongoing basis.
American Imago, Volume 76, Number 3, Fall 2019, pp. 295-300
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About the Author:
Bernard Edelstein, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is past President of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, where he is a training and supervising analyst and a member of the faculty. He is part time Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School and a teacher and supervisor at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program.
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