There are some kind of brazen people who, the first time you see each other, hit you on the shoulder and talk to you like you should have been intimate friends throughout your life. This is exactly the kind you will never know.
At the American Negro author James Baldwin is the phenomenon typical of white America. In the short story "Yesterday, today, tomorrow" Baldwin portrays a Negro singer who, after a long stay in Europe, returns to his American homeland. What strikes the singer most about the reunion is the Americans' lack of measure in the encounter with strangers. But he soon discovers that the immediate dus mentality is not an expression of openness. It is, on the contrary, a wall, designed to cut off any interpersonal relationship from evolving beyond it. . .
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