September 13, 2001: How Fear United Us
“I realized the work that I had been doing, the work that I was proud of, wasn’t enough.”
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The story affirms our goodness by assuring us we did it on our own. The story tells us to not make waves.
“I once believed that I had creative talent, but I have given up this idea,” Clara Schumann wrote in her diary in 1839.
Just as America’s horrors led Baldwin to flee decades before, I waded through my own fear as a gay, black man coming of age in an America burning once again.