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    Posted: Feb 25 2014 at 12:10pm
You know how people say things like, "I'm just an actor, not a black actor." Or, "I'm a doctor, not a black dr."

How do u feel about that? Is it equality or ignorance?

Here's Langston Hughes:

"One of the most promising of the young Negro poets said to me once, "I want to be a poet--not a Negro poet," meaning, I believe, "I want to write like a white poet"; meaning subconsciously, "I would like to be a white poet"; meaning behind that, "I would like to be white." And I was sorry the young man said that, for no great poet has ever been afraid of being himself. And I doubted then that, with his desire to run away spiritually from his race, this boy would ever be a great poet. But this is the mountain standing in the way of any true Negro art in America--this urge within the race toward whiteness, the desire to pour racial individuality into the mold of American standardization, and to be as little Negro and as much American as possible."
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U can be both. U can be a great black doctor and just a great doctor. Langston Hughes was from a different time. I'm sure black people don't go around telling people their occupation and saying "I'm a black doctor" or "I'm a black secretary" 
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I think they want to be recognized for their work not the color of their skin/race.
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@m, haven't u heard people say this recently?

@l, I agree with that, but does that suggest that when they r referred to as a black ___ that they don't want the black attached?
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i think people sound stupid saying things like this~ 
who you explaining this too? 
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I affiliate with being a black and female at all times and I join black and female affinity groups as well.
If I was a poet, I'd be a part of the black poet's guild. Actually I'd be the president.
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I hate this either-or mentality and this default position back to whiteness.
Its not that simple.

Maybe a black artist's brand of Art is African themes and/or black cultural traditions …
but just being a black person.. they shouldn't be defined as a black Artist… thats a narrow description.

Maybe they want to paint landscapes or write about Aliens… Whats that have to do with black art?
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Originally posted by naturesgift naturesgift wrote:

i think people sound stupid saying things like this~ 
who you explaining this too? 


Excuse me if I have misunderstood ur question because I wasn't sure

I'm not explaining anything. I'm reading this for african lit class and thought it was interesting to discuss
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (3) Thanks(3)   Quote bg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 25 2014 at 3:09pm
"How do u feel about that? Is it equality or ignorance?"

i wouldn't necessarily say its ignorance, probably more like assimilation?

imo there is nothing wrong with being a 'black anything', it should be a sense of pride that comes along with it versus a sense of shame

there are reasons to label yourself as a 'BLACK WHATEVER' in this country considering our history here...

you can TRY to alleviate your color from the equation but white's NEVER will...so turn that negative into a positive and be proud of your racial identity...its the one thing i like about Jews Stern Smile

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Originally posted by OoDles O OoDles O wrote:

I hate this either-or mentality and this default position back to whiteness.
Its not that simple.

Maybe a black artist's brand of Art is African themes and/or black cultural traditions …
but just being a black person.. they shouldn't be defined as a black Artist… thats a narrow description.

Maybe they want to paint landscapes or write about Aliens… Whats that have to do with black art?

Or you have a narrow opinion of what blackness is. 
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