Amiri Baraka: My Perspective

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By C. Liegh McInnis

Amiri Baraka was that rare writer whose work proves the Proverbial notion that life and death are in the tongue as his words (poetry, drama, and essays) helped to change how a mass of African Americans understood themselves, which allowed that same mass to redefine what they could be, transforming themselves from the objects of someone else’s narrative to the sovereign subjects of their own narratives. As such, it is a shame that most of the award-winning post-racial Negroes who work tirelessly to distance themselves from Baraka and the Black Arts Movement are too myopic to realize that it is because of the literary warfare waged by Baraka and others that they enjoy their gains.