Sunday, November 16, 2008
SMALL PRESS SPOTLIGHT: JERICHO BROWN
I am, by the way, about sick of hearing people say that they don't see someone's race. Why not see it? I think this is part of what Langston Hughes' essay "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" critiques. Lately, very well-meaning liberals (black, white, Latino, and other) tell me that when they see the man for whom they voted in the recent election, they don't see a black man. Instead, they say they see an intelligent man or a family man. First of all, this is a lie; everyone who sees him sees that he's black. Secondly, the statement suggests that, in their minds, one cannot be intelligent or love one's family and be black at the same time. Finally--and this is what bothers me most of all--the comment seeks to erase one of the things that may be a virtue to him given the great task he must do.