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Watch | James Baldwin Discusses Racism in Housing in this 1964 Documentary

From our partners at AllArts, this 1964 documentary shows James Baldwin discussing racism in housing with San Francisco’s Black community. His conversations are interspersed with poetic scenes of everyday life in neighborhoods that are about to be lost to gentrification. Baldwin presciently describes the impact of job and housing discrimination, which remain relevant to today’s conversations around racial equity. “Take This Hammer” shows a Baldwin intent on discovering what he called, “the real situation of Negroes in the city, as opposed to the image San Francisco would like to present.”



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