Between the letter James Baldwin addresses to his nephew and the "letter from a region in his mind" that follows it, there are so many questions, answers and comments that he brilliantly presents regarding some of the great social issues of the 1960’s. Today the characters have changed, but similar criticism can be applied to modern day situations.
“All of us know, whether or not we are able to admit it, that mirrors can only lie, that death by drowning is all that awaits one there. It is for this reason that love is so desperately sought and so cunningly avoided. Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”