Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Quote of the Day: On ‘racial identity’ and genius



From her essay ‘Racism’ that previously appeared in her collection of essays The Virtue of Selfishness.



  1. Too precious. Still there will be plenty of room for Libertarians in the new independent Nations.

  2. I'm always reminded by this of the story of young Charlie Black, born in 1915 in the then officially racist Austin Texas, where "we literally never saw a black then in any but a servant’s capacity." And then the 16-year-old Charlie went to see Louis Armstrong. “He was the first genius I had ever seen," wrote Black many years later. "It is impossible to overstate the significance of a sixteen-year-old southern boy’s seeing genius, for the first time, in a black."

    Young Charlie Black became Charles Black, who wrote the legal pleading before the US Supreme Court in the case of 'Brown v Board of Education,' which officially ended segregation in US government schools.


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