Image: Oliver Munday

“Continue on the yam level and life would be sweet — though somewhat yellowish.” – Narrator in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

Colson Whitehead’s Op-Ed in the New York Times was a brilliant critique, both in tone and substance, of the impossible and bitter positions in which African-Americans get put. The pains are many, whether invisible on the lower frequencies or out on the main stage.

There was something liberating in Whitehead’s piece — a sly, Ellisonian fierceness that combined recognition of absurd expectations with a resistance to their logic.

Image: Oliver Munday/New York Times

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