Troy Posted April 19, 2013 Report Share Posted April 19, 2013 The Current Issue of "The Crisis Magazine" features an article about Cave Canem: A Home for Black Poets written by Eisa Ulen Richardson. In the pece poet Gregory Pardlo is quoted as saying, "...the futility of defining a community according to nation and race -- constructs the global intellectual community increasingly recognizes as irrational at best, counterproductive at worst." I agree completely with the spirit of Gregory's statement, as some may surmise given my recent rants on our preoccupation with the artifical construct of race. I don't know Gregory personality, but he must reside in a particularly rareified world where organizations like Cave Canem would be considered futile. In the world I encounter each day, the vast majority of people -- including educated ones (at least ones with college degrees) are particularily tied to the concept of race. As as far as nationality is concerned the hold might even be tigher than the one race exerts. I wish this were not the case and I wish a Cave Cane, or an AALBC.com where not necessary, but from my vantage point these entities will be needed more, not less, in the coming years. The one glimmer of hope I see is that as nations like the US continue to screw the population,taking away jobs, homes, access to education, a healthy and safe enviorment, so that rich people can get richer, people with wake up and see that our fixation on race amoung others is a complete waste of time. As far as a truly global community emerging, I suspect mankind will destroy itself before that happens. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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