I love Wright's writings. I was not born in the South so they are "eye openers" for me.
My mom, a Southern gal, never mentioned the brutality that was taking place with impunity.
Now I know why...it was too gruesome for children's ears😧.
Where were the law officials? Where was the compassion? Where was common decency toward God's creation?
That leads me to believe that the creatures doing this evil were soulless, satanic, human- looking, talking animals😊.
I still believe that😊.
This collection from the author of the seminal "Native Son" and "Black Boy" contains a short autobiographical essay and five short stories, all dealing with racial tension in the South. Tension is an understatement, as all these stories deal with the precarious status of Blacks in a White society and the constant threat for violence. Wright was one of the first, if not the first, African-American writers to deal explicitly with white cruelty and violence in an unflinching, outraged manner. These stories are hard to read and they should be and while we like to think we're past it, we only have to think of recent events like the shooting of Trayvon Martin or the black shoppers stopped at Barney's to know that these problems are still with us in our so-called post-race society. Essential reading.
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