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Username: Kola_boof

Post Number: 4850
Registered: 02-2005

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Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 01:42 pm:   

Chris Hayden,

Even if it was written in the 1940's,
"ELLISON" being a great master of language
and the "meaning" of words---should have
seen the inherent "de-humanizing" of
Black folks by using the title and
theme "Invisible Man."

What I suspect...is that she's getting
revenge for how the MALE WRITERS trashed,
rejected and disrespected Zora Neale
Hurston---whose classic book from 1937
manages to read just as fresh, modern
and SUBVERSIVE as anything I am writing

And how do you explain that "Their Eyes Were
Watching God" acknowledges white people's
racial oxygen, but ALSO (like "Things Fall
Apart") dismisses them as irrelevant
to dictating how Hurston (and her
lead character) SEE themselves.

The book "NATIVE SON"--which was written
by my favorite male author of all time
(in fact, along with Morrison and
Walker he IS my favorite period)...but
in "Native Son" and my favorite book
"The Outsider"---well, scratch that,
"BLACK BOY" Is my heart, but anyway
----in those two novels, Wright does
the same exact thing. He posits that
the White Man is the CENTER OF THE
UNIVERSE; the vantage point through
which all things must be either blessed or cursed in order to have MERIT.


I think it's totally expected that a
young open-minded liberal white girl
(and a mostly "progressive" white environment
and travels to Hawaii and Indonesia)---
coupled with the ABSENSCE of the all
desired and mysterious African father
who "abandoned" the mother....would produce
a child of color who doesn't hate blackness
but in fact LONGS for it and
cherishes it.

If you think about it, the
very opposite occurs in Black
American children.

What it does...is PROVES what
the Black Americans are saying
about "post-traumatic slave syndrome."

OBAMA proves that it's real by
being one of the few to not come
from it.

Even I, who don't come from
slave descendents, am deeply
affected by it from being raised
in a very large family that is

BTW---one of the things that
makes me IN AWE of "Black Americans"
(who to me are "Africans") is that
they actually SURVIVED what I
consider to be the most extensively
abusive psychological dehumanization
in modern human history.

Unlike the American Indian, they're
still standing.

And since Africans greatly believe
"Extinction is not honorable"---this
is the badge of victory that makes
the "slave descent" extraordinarily

What Africans have against AAs
is not the belief that Africans are
superior---but the perception that
these SUPER HUMAN have rejected Africa,
are ashamed of us and hate their

In other words--that they're
like Africans.

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