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|Posted on Monday, May 19, 2003 - 09:44 pm: |
Troy and Others:
I hope everyone is in good spirits.
I will not respond to your comments addressing the importance of the individual. I have already agreed with you about that point, as you have agreed about the connection between the individual and society.
I will, however, disagree with your point about the futility of activism against the State. The point that i've been trying to make the entire time is that we have to be active(ie self-determination) as individuals and as a group. For and example of what i'm talking about read Edwidge Danticat's essay in this month's Essence Magazine.
Concerning Jackson and Others:
To be realistic, we have to understand(not like or even accept)our leaders as humans, both the good and the bad. As I argued elsewhere concerning Du Bois, I don't condone our leaders immorality, but i do understand they're fallible. Simultaneously, these leaders do good work for the community; work that needs to be done; work that effects all of us.
This is a website devoted to literature; it is in literature where we get to see and find our leaders, heroes, and heroines; all human, all mult-dimensional, all fallible.
This reality does not preclude critique, but we need to do both: critique and embrace....
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