The Sellout

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Kamran Rahman The novel is more concerned with illustrating the perceived advantages of slavery for Hominy - it gives him focus, value and status in a society where…moreThe novel is more concerned with illustrating the perceived advantages of slavery for Hominy - it gives him focus, value and status in a society where he otherwise has none. The central question of the book appears to be "How do we make progress on issues of race, given the current disadvantages suffered by black americans". To explore this, two absurdist positions are set up - Hominy wants to return to the certainty of the past. Foy wants to re-write history. For Hominy there can be no progress in issues of social justice and that is why he wants to be a slave. Hominy considers Foy's battle to be futile. He has lived through extreme racism in the past, and he liked it.(less)
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Rick Patterson While this is true, Me is not as much as a sell-out as just about everyone else in the book. The black Supreme Court justice who harangues him--even…moreWhile this is true, Me is not as much as a sell-out as just about everyone else in the book. The black Supreme Court justice who harangues him--even if he isn't based on Clarence Thomas--is obviously a co-opted black man whose outrage is based on law and theory and has nothing to do with lived experience. Foy is obviously retailing and re-telling a divergent view of black experience, hilariously selling new versions of old stories but, by doing so, also quite literally denigrating everyone. F.K. Me is, at the very least, a sold-out psychologist who uses and abuses his own son for specious academic purposes. But when Me sells fruit and marijuana, he is returning to the soil--probably a satirical shot at sharecropping--but he is at least directly purveying goods that are the produce of his honest labor. Who else can say as much?(less)
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