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Billie again. We learn that Billie is a true misogynous which lends more complications to his sexual prowess and orientation. He and Elliott are pulled over on a “routine” traffic stop and are harassed by the officers on the scene. They manage to evade capture, yet the dead body of Lorraine White lays still where the two brothers left her bleeding before they went for a car ride. After Billie’s death, police trace the evidence back to Elliott James, who is lynched.

“A whole lot of things we used to do, we ain’t needed for no more. On the other hand, we’re here. It is true, that this is going to be a difficult summer. In every city in this nation now, black father is standing in the street watching black son, they are watching each other and ain’t neither one of them got no place to go. That is not their fault. It has nothing to do with their value, their merit, their capability. There may be nothing worse under heaven”

“There may be no greater crime, then to attack a man’s integrity. Than to attempt to destroy that man. Well I know, despite of the American constitution, despite of all the born again christians.”

“I am saying something else, I am saying that our presence in this country, terrifies every white man in this country...I’ll go back and clarify that a minute. I wanna suggest, and its a very important suggestion, first of all. This is not now, never has been, and now never will be, a white country.” -James Baldwin

Listen: “Gloomy Sunday” Billie Holiday
Read: “Another Country” - James Baldwin

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from Billie James Is Not Your Lover, released September 7, 2010

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