Adolph Reed

Rakesh Bhandari bhandari at phoenix.Princeton.EDU
Fri Jun 12 08:59:29 PDT 1998

Kenny if you simply wanted to dis Reed--and so far your criticisms either evince no knowledge of what he has written (his views on religion or the philosophical influences on DuBois) or don't hold water (he shouldn't have published in the Village Voice) or are ill-defined (he's a sectarian) or are bizarre (he claims to be the only sophisticated Negro who ever lived--where?though his historical analysis of the civil rights movement in the book he edited is surely the most searching one I have read); at any rate, if you wanted simply to dis him, you should learn something from him. He doesn't use the trite, rather pathetic put downs of "idiot" or "lightweight" in the academic game of dozens (don't you think you should have had something substantive to say before such abuse?) Now look at how Reed plays: he has memorably referred to a certain talking head as the Reverand Hip Hop Pork Chop; he has referred to some elite black narrative of returning to the hood as a rerun of the "Go Tamba, Go Tamba" commercials. So if you have nothing substantive or accurate in your critique, at least be funny. Yet after all these years, you remain in your own humorless mind The Savior of the Negro. Rakesh

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