How would you describe Baldwin's perspective on history?
Then, what does Baldwin mean by what passes for identity?
"What passes for identity in America is a series of myths about one's heroic ancetors" (Baldwin 201). He is including everyone in his speech- himself, the teachers, and the general public. It helps establish his views upon the topic. He is alluding to the Bible, and it establishes ethos.
Also know, what is the effect of Baldwin's emphasizing?
The effect of Baldwin's emphasizing his personal experience when he begins paragraph 6 with “I still remember my first sight of New York” is to let the audience believe him ethically due to his past and to also appeal to pathos while bringing back old memories.
the changeless tone that enhances his intent of this essay is urgency. Baldwin's urgency to do instructors alter the bias position on “negros” and the false history that is being taught about African Americans.