Of course Iím a black writer. . . . Iím not just a black writer, but categories like black writer, woman writer and Latin American writer arenít marginal anymore. We have to acknowledge that the thing we call ďliteratureĒ is more pluralistic now, just as society ought to be. The melting pot never worked. We ought to be able to accept on equal terms everybody from the Hasidim to Walter Lippmann, from the Rastafarians to Ralph Bunche.
In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.
How soon country people forget. When they fall in love with a city it is forever, and it is like forever. As though there never was a time when they didnít love it. The minute they arrive at the train station or get off the ferry and glimpse the wide streets and the wasteful lamps lighting them, they know they are born for it. There, in a city, they are not so much new as themselves: their stronger, riskier selves.
Memorable Quotations: African-American Writers
African-American Writers (Kindle Book)