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White Man, Listen!

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A collection of the controversial and passionate lectures that Richard Wright delivered in Europe from 1950 to 1956 on such topics as race in America, Black literature, and nationalism in Africa.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 10th 1995 by Harper Perennial (first published 1957)
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May 11, 2014 Paddythemic rated it it was amazing

nuanced critique of colonialism.

"liberation" of Ghana.

***how black american literature developed (with contrasts seen via pushkin & dumas). brilliant analysis that puts the development of this specific literature in perspective. MUST READ.

look for wright's stunningly brilliant poem "between the world and me".


And one morning while in the woods I stumbled
suddenly upon the thing,
Stumbled upon it in a grassy clearing guarde
Feb 07, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: white people, world leaders

Here we have a collection of controversial lectures that Richard Wright delivered at various universities in Europe from 1950 to 1956. These lectures represent an overview of his thoughts and analyses regarding colored, oppressed and colonized peoples all over the world; the overview developed through his broad study and actual discussions with such peoples.

"The Psychological Reactions of Oppressed Peoples" is an effort to give Western Whites a view into the minds and hearts of such individual
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Jan 08, 2017 Leif Kurth rated it really liked it
Excellent overview of the issues affecting places in Africa and Asia that were colonized (written in the 1950s). Wright explains the difficulties from both a governance standpoint as well as individuals and communities. He further delves into issues affecting People of Color in the U.S. and provides analysis on the issues and path forward.
Wow, by far, a great thought-provoking author; and, this book reaffirms to me, his works are very important, one of my favourite works. Although the book is dated, the arguments within in terms of race, culture, the "West", "White man" and history, are fundamental and poignant. The text is divided into four parts: The Psychological Reactions of Oppressed People; Tradition and Industrialization; The Literature of Negro in the United States; and The Miracle of Nationalism in the African Gold Coast ...more
May 29, 2011 Al rated it liked it
In this brief volume, Mr. Wright does three things: First, he presents a brilliant history and analysis of the oppression of nonwhites and its effects; next, he delves into the literature of the Negro in the United States; and finally, he offers a history of how Kwame Nkrumah came to power in what became Ghana.
Parts two and three are not memorable, but the book is worth reading for the first part alone.
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Richard Nathaniel Wright was an African-American author of powerful, sometimes controversial novels, short stories and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerned racial themes. His work helped redefine discussions of race relations in America in the mid-20th century.

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