All you are ever told in this country about being black is that it is a terrible, terrible thing to be. Now, in order to survive this, you have to really dig down into yourself and re-create yourself, really, according to no image which yet exists in America. You have to impose, in fact - this may sound very strange - you have to decide whou you are, and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you --James Baldwin

the RapSheet

October, 1998