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By Dana A. Williams

African American Humor, Irony, and Satire: Ishmael Reed, ironically talking comprises decide on court cases from the yearly center s Day convention, subsidized via the dept of English at Howard college. one of the assortment s many strengths is the variety of essays integrated right here. Essays on Ishmael Reed middle the gathering, and satirists from George Schuyler to Aaron McGruder are tested as are pop culture comedians Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle. therefore, the gathering provides extensively to the physique of scholarship on conventional and non-traditional interpretations of humor, irony, and satire. What those essays additionally show is how the lens of humor, irony, and satire as a manner of analyzing texts is principally beneficial in highlighting the complexity of African American lifestyles and tradition. The essays additionally discover an important yet no so visible connections among African americans and different international cultures.

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7 Because this scientific racism was accessed and reproduced by the highest corridors of power in this country, it hardly can be viewed as harmless public discourse. Certainly writers of the Harlem Renaissance did not find it harmless. For example, in “Americanization,” a 1922 essay from The Crisis, W. E. B. Du Bois blasted Harvard University and New Englanders for assimilating the country’s emerging Nordic identification. Du Bois describes this Nordic vogue as but a restoration of aristocratic ideas, ideas that privilege the New England “old stock” of the Anglo-Saxon as dominant.

Indeed, as evident in Black No 34 Chapter Two More, his multivalent engagement with the scientific racism of the early 20th century reveals the complexity of his art, of his critique of racial ideologies. As Robert A. Hill and R. "27 Notes 1 James A. Miller, foreward to Black No More, by George Schuyler (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1989), 11. 2 For an extremely revealing look at how scientific racism justified the subjection of nonNordic peoples, read Thomas F. Gossett, Race: The History of An Idea in America (Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1963), 370-430.

5 In 1921, President Warren Harding informed a Birmingham, Alabama audience that he resisted “every suggestion of social equality” between Blacks and whites, citing Lothrop Stoddard’s The Rising Tides of Color Against White World-Supremacy (1920) as convincing proof that “our race problem here in the United States is only a phase of a race issue that the whole world confronts,”6 28 Chapter Two and in the 1921 February edition of Good Housekeeping, vice president Calvin Coolidge announced to America that biological laws tell us that certain divergent people will not mix or blend.

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