The Incorrect

“Because of this they are made to suffer.  They are told that they do not belong, that they are not wanted, that their art is not needed, that nobody who is “correct” could love what they love.  Their answer is resistance, without much commentary; just a steady knowing that they stand at a point where–with one slip of the character–they might be lost, and the bloom they are after wither in self-contempt.  They do not measure themselves against black people or white people; if anything, they learn to walk and talk in the presence of DuBois, Hurston, Hughes, Toomer, Attaway, Wright, and others–and when they bite into their pillows at night these spirits comfort them.”

Alice Walker, 1973


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