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We always say Love conquers all is commonly said and heard in our daily lives Ironically this is necessarily not true as James Baldwin views our society He illustrates the stereotypes of both Blacks and Whites In his argumentative autobiography The Fire Next Time the author brilliantly perceives the idea that love instead of fear liberates society To truly liberate society one must discover hisher individual and personal identity by learning to love Baldwin describes fear to be ignorance and love as knowledge He joined the congressional church due to fear He was afraid to become involved with his friends who began to drink and smoke To avoid such situations Baldwin was driven into the church because he supposed that God and safety were synonymous 16 Timidity blinded him to believe that following Gods words shielded him from the evils of society However because of Baldwins love for his church he reads the Bible only to realize that was strictly about the teachings of White people He thought that going to the church will protect him and shield him against what he feared Instead of freeing the community from discrimination between Blacks and Whites the Bible supported the existence of racial barriers by teaching one should behave Realizing the hypprocarcy involved with Christianity the author broke away from the congressional church to search his own way of liberating the society Baldwin emphasizes that liberation is love and love is more important than color 71 The author states that fear creates the need for power The Nation of Islam was fearful of the Whites dominating over the Blacks Fear always dominated the minds of black people This fear caused Elijah to strive for power to liberate the community The Nation of Islam wanted absolute control of the White society Baldwin was given the opportunity to become an influential figure in the Nation of Islam movement
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