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The Politics of Richard WrightPerspectives on Resistance$
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Jane Anna Gordon and Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813175164

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813175164.001.0001

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Wright’s Afromodern Search for Political Freedom

Wright’s Afromodern Search for Political Freedom

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(p.26) 2 Wright’s Afromodern Search for Political Freedom
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The Politics of Richard Wright
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Lewis R. Gordon

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813175164.003.0003

Lewis R. Gordon argues that Wright’s writings cast light on the suffocating world produced by colonialism, enslavement, and racism, in which black people are treated as if they simply don’t matter. Wright showed that blacks in the United States are fundamentally historically excluded from the political, aesthetic, and epistemic institutions of the only world to which they are indigenous. By pulling readers into places “they wished never to go,” he demonstrated how the erosion of black political power in fact increased political impotence among humankind. Wright, argues Gordon, was particularly prescient about the relationship between the racist state and twentieth-century fascism. They jointly eradicate conditions of political appearance and freedom, replacing them with unilateral rule.

Keywords:   Richard Wright, Afromodern, Steve Biko, colonialism, fascism, politics, rule

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