"Cyniquian" Level Poster
Post Number: 1313
|Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 05:53 pm: |
A young black man gets a job driving cheuferring a rich young heiress around town. The heiress meets her boyfriend for a regular screw in the backseat as the young black man watches in the rearview mirror.
Later the young black man finds himself in the white girl's bedroom who is now in a drunken stupor. Scared out of his wits when he hears a noise in the hallway, he accidentally suffocates the girl with a pillow, then takes her down in the basement and when her body won't fit in the furnace, he takes his switchblade from his pocket and saws into the flesh of her neck with it until he hits the bone, which his blade won't cut through. He then gets an ax and finishes beheading the white woman before stuffing her into a furnace and incinerating her.
Later, in his flight to escape prosecution, he drags his black girlfriend with him, rapes her then bashes her head in with a rock, until the hand that he's bashing her head with feels like its landing on wet cotton instead of a bloody pulp of a head.
This book is now considered a literary masterpiece, but in the 40's when it was written, it was considered violent, vicious, smut and the man who wrote it, a black man, had his life threatened numerous times because of it.
I'm positive that black folks in his day were holding there heads and wondering why a black man would want to degrade his race in this fashion much the way some do now about the state of black writers.
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?? Wonder if any of these folks from Richard Wright's day would see him as LITERARY now instead of the purveyor of SMUT AND VIOLENCE that they called him back in his day?