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Words from the Influencer- What is Black Language?

...." language designed for the estrangement of minorities, hiding its racist plunder in its literary cheek-it must be rejected, altered and exposed. It is the language that drinks blood, laps vulnerabilities, tucks its fascist boots..." I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge- even wisdom. Like art..." These remarks should not be interpreted as simply an effort to move the gaze of African-American studies to a different site. I do want to alter one hierarchy in order to institute another. It is true that I do not want to encourage those totalizing approaches to African-American scholarship which have no drive other than the exchange of dominations-dominant Eurocentric scholarship replaced by dominant Afrocentric scholarship," Toni Morrison-Playing In The Dark, 1992



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