Thomas Chatterton Williams

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"What Have We Who Are Slaves and Black To Do with Art?"

On Borges, Ellison, and the end of black provincialism

Yet as I read I could not help but think that the work he began has not continued, it has languished; that one of the unexpected effects of the civil rights movement on black culture was to distance us from any commitment to producing work in the highest realms. Ellison took a controversial position in the ’60s and after, by which he lived his life. His side lost.

"What Have We Who Are Slaves and Black To Do with Art?"

On Borges, Ellison, and the end of black provincialism

Yet as I read I could not help but think that the work he began has not continued, it has languished; that one of the unexpected effects of the civil rights movement on black culture was to distance us from any commitment to producing work in the highest realms. Ellison took a controversial position in the ’60s and after, by which he lived his life. His side lost.