Ishmael Reed
Quotations


Ethnic life in the United States has become a sort of contest like baseball in which the blacks are always the Chicago Cubs.

Free enterprise is not a bad idea and has produced art.

I finally had to go to the American Civil Liberties Union here in northern California to get my reply published to what I considered to be a hatchet job done by Stanley Crouch.

I used to be a discipline problem, which caused me embarrassment until I realized that being a discipline problem in a racist society is sometimes an honor.

I'm sure that you could go back and make a graph showing that all the killings of black males increased in times of economic difficulty. As a matter of fact, a black man was lynched last year.

That kind of thing happens to black people every day in this country, and they don't receive that kind of sentence he did, which was to go to prison on the weekends; I think he lectured there—an outside lecturer.

Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination.



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