Jesmyn Ward’s Anthology of Race Builds on the Legacy of James Baldwin
THE FIRE THIS TIMEA New Generation Speaks About RaceEdited by Jesmyn WardIllustrated. 226 pp. Scribner. $25. In James Baldwin’s day, they called it the “Negro Problem” — shorthand for racial tension, that unfortunate term publicized in Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 study “An American Dilemma.