The Idea of Black Culture

What can we say about the idea of 'Black culture' today?
Hortense Spillers

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“Black Culture is critical culture. And if Black culture is critical culture… perhaps it hasn’t really come about yet. Perhaps it is an event to come, as the idea of critical culture matures. And related to that idea is the notion that today Black culture is not limited to an ethnic group or ethnicity. It is a critical position taking across the racial divide, or lines of race. If that’s true, anyone can take up the culture, can study it, can be part of it. I think the assertion of that idea hasn’t been possible very long…

If what I am suggesting is correct, and anybody can belong to it, than that would certainly mean not all Black people are part of Black culture. If it is a critical posture…”

The Idea of Black Culture

Hortense Spillers

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