By Ishmael Reed
In many ways, says Reed, the U.S. greatly resembles the rustic of the 1850s. The representations of blacks in pop culture are throwbacks to the times of minstrelsy. Politicians are elevating stereotypes approximately blacks corresponding to those who the fugitive slaves stumbled on it essential to wrestle: that they're lazy and based and wish humans to control them.
Ishmael Reed establishes his prognosis of a fearful breakdown in 3 components. half I on a black president of the us is entitled “Chief govt and leader Exorcist, Too?” half II on tradition and representations of African americans in our meant post-race period, “Coonery and Buffoonery.” partially III, “As Relayed by means of Themselves,” cultural figures have an opportunity to inform the tale of their personal words.
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