By Ross Posnock
Posnock geniously generates a gargantuan grizzly guesstimate of black post-modernist colour, tradition, and crispy-ness. no shaggy dog story this e-book makes my shelf black! yet heavily fogeys, whats the care for airline nutrition. i suggest. woah. jk jk, thats a bit funny story ol' paaazzknaaack advised me again in nam. i taught him all he understands approximately ebonics.
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Thus each option, though it deploys a rhetoric of anti-essentialism, depends on the identity/difference model of cultural pluralism. Each new rubric represents "just another turn of the essentialist screw," to borrow a phrase from Michaels? Grounded in group identity, cultural pluralism makes membership fate. As Appiah has noted: "The large collective identities that call for recognition come with notions of how a proper person of that kind behaves ... Demanding respect for people as blacks and as gays requires that there are some scripts that go with being an African-American or having same-sex desires.
In 1996, six years after his death, the fact that Broyard had been born black and had lived white was made public. Broyard was a well-known book reviewer who spent many years blocked on his long-awaited novel. The paradox of Broyard's life, as Henry Louis Gates reports, was that he wanted to be respected as a writer, not for being black, "even though his pretending not to be black was stopping him from writing" ("White Like Me" 76). A friend ofBroyard's summed up his dilemma: "he felt he had to make a choice between being an aesthete and being a Negro.
Color and Culture rhetoric of origin and authenticity, he implies that culture is public property available for appropriation and refashioning. 28 Irony, of course, emerges when Crummell's metaphor of cosmopolitan thievery is set against the historical fact that without white plundering of black talent, American popular art, especially music and dance, would be radically impoverished. Yet Crummell's anti-proprietary perspective, however idealized, yields a valuable distinction: the scandal of white plagiarism resides not in violation of black ownership but in the refusal to acknowledge indebtedness.
Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of the Modern Intellectual by Ross Posnock