Millions of South Africans live in grueling, demeaning, dehumanizing poverty , while black empowerment seems to benefit not the vast majority but an elite that tends to be recycled.
I'm looking to avoid a subtly demeaning subtext which holds that reading, say, Jamaica Kincaid is something you should do--like flossing or taxes or laundry. I don't want to speak for women writers, but I recoil at the idea of someone reading my book because they really should read a black author or two. I don't want to be an icebreaker at your corporation's Kwanzaa gathering.
The demeaning of dignity is almost the only reason for a fight.simon soloveychik
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