Monday, February 6, 2023

the last book I ever read (A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, excerpt six)

from A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib:

And since we’re talking about it anyway: Look, I am certainly not one to project Blackness onto the fictional or cartoonishly ambiguous, and lord knows I don’t want to upset the teeming masses of loud and affectionate Star Wars devotees, but it must be said that as a kid I had a sneaking suspicion that Chewbacca might have been Black, what with all the brown that hung from his body. Also the way my pal’s dad would shout at the screen when Star Wars was on, about how those white folks who made the movie were trying to put one over, making the tall and incoherent beast obviously Black. And I don’t know if I bought that as much as I bought the idea that so many of the Black people I knew would shout about all of their woes but no one would seem to understand what they were saying.

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