How does the idea of invisibility come up throughout this chapter?
Who is Rinehart? Why do they keep calling him that? What might be the significance of this name/this person? What is the significance of the various people who keep calling TIM Rinehart?
How do so many people know of Rinehart, and TIM is just hearing about him? Wasn’t TIM working in Harlem with the community/getting to know the community?
Why does TIM sometimes go along with being called Rinehart and other times immediately rejects the name?
What do the dark green sunglasses represent? Why is he wearing them?
Why does TIM keep laughing at things - seemingly serious things? What does this reaction say about him and his state of mind?
What is the significance of the leaflet TIM picks up? (495-496).
What does TIM mean when he states, “All boundaries down, freedom was not only the recognition of necessity, it was the recognition of possibility” (499).
What boundaries? What freedom? What does freedom mean to him? What does he mean about recognizing necessity and possibility?
What do you think about TIM’s question on 502: “Shouldn’t sacrifice be made willingly by those who know what they’re doing?” What is this “sacrifice” that Hambro keeps mentioning? What do you think on Hambro’s ideas of sacrifice?
Discuss concepts from previous chapters that come back in this one: “outside history,” sacrifice, opportunistic (taking “advantage of the people”), science/scientific objectivity, responsibility, hope, etc.
According to TIM, what is the reality (the challenges) of being a black leader who works with whites in the fight against racism?
How does TIM’s grandfather’s advice connect to this chapter? To events from the Prologue?