Interview with Amiri Baraka
QUESTION 9
JUDY RICHARDSON:

And how did you feel. I need to know how you felt.

AMIRI BARAKA:

I felt, I felt outraged. I felt mad. I felt like I should be involved in trying to redress this. It was like, you know, just too much, that the whole thing had gotten beyond, gotten beyond the case of, ah, just reacting indirectly one way or another or in some other kind of way. That there had to be some direct, um, answers, that Black people had to fight back directly and, you know, consistently and continuously against this kind of, the menace, the people that actually thought that they could continue to make you a slave, that they could continue for eternity to have you, you know, submit to their madness, you know. And, ah, I mean I feel that way even today. I mean that's one thing I think that, that, the whole kind of, a element of rage in terms of, of, of, you know, imperialism and racism has never left me. That just, I think, just, ah, made it deepen.