I have been indulging in books by African American intellects these past few months, and I must say that these books make me feel really smart yet really dumb. Allow me to explain.
I am overly enlightened by learning about my African American history including the survival methods and challenges of being black in America and all of the contradictions surrounding our existence here. This is great. I think I found my purpose in writing especially for young people.
But, have you ever read anything by Ida B. Wells or Frederick Douglass? Their English was impeccable. I thought I was going to die from stupidity after reading The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson.
I said all of this to say, reading African American intellectuals is both good and bad for me. Even though I walk away feeling stupid, I do walk away much smarter on so many levels.