Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Structural racism: plays and short stories

When Michael Dawson kicked off the series on novels that illuminate the problem of structural racism, he hinted at some similarly insightful plays and short stories. Here's what he was talking about:
I was thinking in particular of Richard Wright's short stories (such as "Bright and Morning Star"), and among others August Wilson's and Ed Bullins' plays. There's a comedy in particular "Day of Absence" from 1965 (Douglas Turner Ward) that depicts what happens in a Southern town when all the blacks disappear for a day.
Michael Dawson is John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College at The University of Chicago.

Thanks to Michael for his extra effort and recommendations.

--Marshal Zeringue