Cover Photo: An Unbearable Tension: On James Baldwin and the Nation of Islam by Ismail Muhammad

An Unbearable Tension: On James Baldwin and the Nation of Islam

“As a child, I swallowed the Nation’s ideology as easily as the Harlem residents Baldwin observed.”

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Ismail Muhammad is a writer in Oakland, California, staff writer at The Millions, and contributing editor at Zyzzyva. His work has previously appeared in publications like the Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, and Avidly. Sometimes he tweets @trapmotives.