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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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Blueprint for Negro Writing

Blueprint for Negro Writing

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(p.213) 13 Blueprint for Negro Writing
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The Politics of Richard Wright
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Richard Wright

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813175164.003.0014

Richard Wright argues that Negro writing has been detached from the lived experience of black people, especially black workers, in the United States. Wright contends that “Negro writers” have a moral responsibility to write about the lived experience of black Americans in terms reflecting the need for social and political revolution, rather than bland acceptance of an economic-political establishment that exploits and kills them. This responsibility will require a conscious shift on the part of “Negro writers,” a consciousness that embraces the nationalism of “Negro life.” Wright’s nationalism is not autarchic but rather part of the process that connects black people with others in their search for liberation.

Keywords:   Negro writers, consciousness, nationalism

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