Is There a Black Hole in the Daily Sun?

Altitude of Art

The frenetically poised movements of the African – Americans like the Black Power Movement and the Black Arts Movement can hardly be said to have seen their heyday. A return to the ethnic past has been the dream of many writers. Lorraine Hansberry and Alice Childress did it mildly and sentimentally whereas Adrienne Kennedy and Ntozake Shange among the women did it with outright rage and aggressiveness. The men have in fact been more vociferous with the strong – armed idiom of an Amiri Baraka, an Ed Bullins and a James Baldwin. But the net result of the whole mission in spite of its unswerving nature has been submersion and oblivion. It would be extremely gratifying to find a black who avers that these movements of the past in Berkley and elsewhere have elevated his subject position. Once a subaltern one is destined to remain so. It is a branding…

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