Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy Birthday, Zora Neale Hurston


Google reminds us that it is the great Zora Neale Hurston's CXXIIIth birthday today.

It does not remind us that she was a "fervent Republican who would be at home today on Fox News and whose racial pride led her to some unorthodox conclusions," as I did with this post — John H. McWhorter on Zora Neale Hurston.

It does not remind us that she "had written articles against voting rights for Negroes, integration of schools, and the efforts of the Fair Employment Practices Commission to secure jobs for blacks in white firms," as I did with this post — Zora Neale Hurston's Politics.

It does not remind us that she "believed segregation was a good thing, ultimately, in allowing the development of a strong, well-defined black culture that was a good and wonderful thing, which she experienced during her formative years, and which she ceaselessly advocated," as I did with this post — Zora Neale Hurston, Segregationist.

It does not remind us that she was "by far the leading black figure on the libertarian old right, and in 1952 she actively promoted the presidential candidacy of Robert Taft," and once asked, "How much satisfaction can I get from a court order for somebody to associate with me who does not wish me near them?" as I did with this post — America's Great Black Paleoconservative Woman of Letters.

Her great novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is one of the best I've read, one of the only good things that feminist girlfriend of mine as a freshman in college gave me. I should read it again.

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