links for 2010-08-21

  • “What McDaniel has done is reminiscent of what has happened over and over again in America because white privilege blinds people to the consequences of their actions. McDaniel may have thought he was helping the cause of Katrina survivors. According to a review by Jordan Soyka published on Bookslut.com and in The Quarterly Conversation, McDaniel says, ‘I wanted to write about it as a citizen, as a person who saw all those people as neighbors, as familiar faces. Human persons, not merely Victims or Others.’
    “By presenting the voices of black people as his original poetry, however, McDaniel has made his book not about ‘all those people’ affected by the disaster. It’s specifically about him.”