What the fuck is with black people and heavy-handed race metaphors? Between this nigger and Toni Morrison, everything is so blatantly muh slavery and muh oppression.
Seriously, he has a white character disguise himself in black face to try and mind control the black population into destroying their magical cultural energy.
Are black authors a meme?
Steinbeck and Huxley were heavy handed as fuck but you don't see me saying that about all white writers.
It's not aimed at you. If you don't recognise the power in the writing, consider the idea that you went into it unconsciously expecting not to like it.
I could rattle off black writers who run rings around you, but what's the point.
you should rattle them off
the point is you're not only talking to one idiot
the problem seems to be that heavyhanded black writers are disproportionately pushed into the curriculum because they're to enter the thick skulls of freshmen, not be a show of art
this is not a black problem, but a white people being pussies problem
wow this is my point. "don't like steinbeck, don't like huxley" doesn't mean "dont like white writers". Yet, a few black writers you don't like means that "black writers are shit".
For someone in /lit/ your lack of self-awareness is fucking astounding.
is this false flag or are you actually retarded?
i'm pointing out that it makes sense for mediocre black writers to enter the curriculum like huxley (what is freedom?) and steinbeck ("poor people"), that is, for purposes other than their greatness - as a tool to spark discussion
i had a prof who used tuesdays with morrie for this - she agreed that the book was shit but the point was to talk about how people think about dying, and at that it succeeded
so please let us know some black writers that are not like this - many of us will have never been exposed to them. i liked things fall apart, and that's basically all i know
That's not what you were saying before. You were saying
>this is not a black problem, but a white people being pussies problem
which is pretty much straight outta the stormfront dogwhistle textbook.
Plenty of white writers were shit writers (lookin' at you, Hegel), but their work prompted discussion and they are still seen as great.
Read White Teeth. I'm guessing you're looking for black writers who aren't writing about their oppression, which I understand, it probably doesn't offer much to you.
I think the biggest problem is that black people are so caught up on being black. They write about "the black experience" every fucking time.
White people very rarely try to capture anything like "the white experience," they just sort of assess their feelings and articulate them.
Maybe black people write about black issues for the same reason that women write about women's issues, and the depressed write about depression, and war vets wrote about their experience of war. The paranoid write about paranoia.
The source of people's suffering is usually what drives artists to create art, and that art is usually strongly linked to that suffering.
Further reading: all art.
People like to write about what makes them an outsider to the society they live in.
For black people it's the color of their skin.
For women it's their gender.
For straight white men it's a number of things. Alcoholism, gambling, etc. Really depends on the person.
Once black people break down these racial boundaries I guarantee you they will be writing about the same shit white men are writing about.
because it makes money to talk about oppression and slavery. go and look at africa and tell me where the literary culture is. the truth of the matter is, that by refusing to assimilate into white cultures, they block themselves from entering the golden ages of philosophy and art. when my black friends shun white writers because they're white, they don't get to stand on the shoulders of giants when they go to write their own work. they piddle around in their own cultures, and never see the forest from the trees.
i was saying that white people, in order to seem "non-racist" will go out of their way to promote mediocre, but "teaching moment" black authors
do we need teaching moments? i don't know, but this perceived need lends itself to a general view of black authors as obsessed with being didactic
actually, i am half black, and have many black friends, a significant portion of whom shun any type of literature, and even more so white written literature, thinking of it as a waste of time, and as something that "white people do"