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Author: Zach Wood

Writing About Race Without Being Trapped on the Race Track

The choice of becoming a black intellectual is an act of self-imposed marginality; it assures a peripheral status in and to the black community. Dr. Cornel West, The Dilemma of the Black Intellectual When I read this passage for the first time I was almost devastated. I was in the sixth grade and I had great admiration for Dr. Cornel West. In fact, despite the abundant criticism he receives (and, at times, deserves), I still do. As I re-read this passage now, I think to myself… But what about Dr. West himself? Since the publication of Race Matters in...

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