Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line

By Michael Eric Dyson | Go to book overview

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It's Not What You Know, It's How You Show It Black Public Intellectuals

Distracted, instead, by false or secondary issues, yielding apparently little resistance to the sound intrusion of market imperatives on the entire intellectual object, including that of African American studies, today's creative black intellectual lends herself/himself--like candy being taken from a child--to the mighty seductions of publicity and the "pinup"... Might it be useful, then, to suggest that before the black creative intellectual can "heal" her people, she must consider to what extent she must "heal" herself?

Hortense Spillers

"The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: A Post-date," 1994

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