My word war returns to burn like Baldwin home from Paris

from Rage Against the Machine – Calm Like a Bomb Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

James Baldwin moved to Paris in the 1940’s to escape America’s persecution of blacks and homosexuals. When he returned he became an active voice in the civil rights movement.

Wordplay on ‘word war’, to sounds like ‘World war’ which matches the context of the subject in hand (James Baldwin moved to Paris in the same year World War 2 was occurring).

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